AN AGGRESSIVE pub-goer who broke the jaw of a paramedic who had gone to help him has been jailed for two years.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said its paramedic Steve Raven was punched in the face as he tried to treat the man outside Shooters bar in Leominster.

Henry Steven Allun Grain, 20, was jailed for two years at Worcester Crown Court after pleading guilty to grievous bodily harm with intent.


Ambulances bosses have since welcomed the two-year term for Grain, of Worcester Road in Leominster.

It was the first time that body-worn camera footage was provided to the police in the West Midlands region as part of an investigation into an assault of a member of the ambulance service.

The assault happened at around 9pm outside Shooters Bar in Leominster on Friday, March 4.


Paramedic Steve Raven, who was assaulted, said: “We had been tasked to a report of an unresponsive man in a public house.

“After initial treatment, we took him out to the ambulance where he became aggressive, so we activated the ambulance CCTV system and our body-worn cameras.”

Grain then punched Steve in the face breaking his jaw.

He also damaged one window and broke one of the ambulance door hinges taking the vehicle off the road for repairs.

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Ambulance service emergency services operations delivery director Nathan Hudson said: “I welcome this sentence as it shows how seriously the court took the violence against Steve.

“Ambulance staff are there to help people in their hour of need. We know that the vast majority of the public find violence against our staff to be abhorrent.

“The impact that violence against our staff has on their lives can be profound: we have seen cases where colleagues are left scared to be alone with a patient; some get flashbacks and other mental health impacts.

“These often long-term effects are on top of the recovery that is needed for the physical injuries that may stop them from being able to work for days, weeks or months.

“Violence is not acceptable and we all need to work together to stop it happening.”

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Speaking in Hereford Magistrates Court last year, Chris Read, for Grain, said: "He was unconscious and had a significant injury to his hand.

"He was disorientated, did not know what was going on, and was trying to get out of the ambulance.

"He is a first-time offender and was 19 when this happened."

Mr Read said Grain had been diagnosed with learning difficulties when he was younger, but that support had stopped when he turned 18.

PC Harriet Wilson-Hill said: “The outcome of this case should serve as a reminder that assaulting an emergency service employee will not go unpunished.

"I welcome Grain’s sentence and I hope that it reassures our community of our how seriously we and the Court take this type of crime and that they will hand down a custodial sentence representative of the severity of the offence.”