A MAN has been ordered to pay compensation after he spat in the faces of two paramedics and a police officer at a Stourport caravan park, a court heard.

The paramedics were called after a report of damage being caused at the Gables Caravan Yard, in Sandy Lane, on August 10, and arrived to find Spencer Butler, 44, with a large cut on his arm, Worcester Crown Court was told.

Michael Conry, prosecuting, said the cut was bleeding heavily and there were shards of glass still in it, but when the paramedics tried to help, Butler became abusive and started swearing at them.

He spat in their faces and said he would spit at whoever he wanted to, Mr Conry said. Police were called and he spat in the face of one of the officers, before a spit hood was applied.

Mr Conry said one of the paramedics feared the incident would make them more wary in the future.

“He did not expect as a health care professional to be hindered in this way when he is trying to help people,” Mr Conry said.

Butler, who lives at the caravan park, pleaded guilty to three assault charges and one charge of obstructing a police officer.

He was sent to Worcester Crown Court for sentencing by magistrates in Kidderminster on August 29, because he was in breach of a suspended sentence for handling a stolen BMW.

Delroy Henry, defending, said Butler knew the offence was “absolutely disgusting”. He had not had a drink for a while and when he was given free alcohol, he had drunk to excess. He told police he could not recall what had happened, but was later ashamed and had apologised for his “deplorable” behaviour.

“The paramedics were there to help you and were providing a public service, but for their efforts on your behalf they were spat at,” Recorder Edward Pepperall, QC, told Butler.

He said the offences were “very unpleasant” but had not caused serious injury and Butler was given a total jail sentence of two months, suspended for 12 months.

Recorder Pepperall said he had decided not to activate the suspended sentence, but to add 30 hours to the unpaid work requirement, making it 180 hours, and to order 35 days of a rehabilitation activity.

Butler, who is on benefits, was also ordered to pay £100 each in compensation to the two paramedics and the police officer.