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Aylesbury man jailed for hospital incident

He posted on social media about visiting Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 4:01pm 2nd April 2020. (Updated at 5:48pm 2nd April 2020) 3-minute read.

Aylesbury man jailed for hospital incident

A 32 year old has been jailed after an unnecessary visit to Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

Kierran Stevenson, aged 32, of Sewell Close, Aylesbury has been sentenced after he was arrested on Tuesday (31/03) on suspicion of causing a public nuisance. 

Thames Valley Police were called after reports that a man had posted to social media about visiting Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury. 

He visited, without medical reason, endangered lives and caused himself to be a public nuisance while there. 

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He posted about the visit on Facebook

Today (02/04) he appeard at Oxford Magistrates Court and was charged with one count of causing a public nuisance and one count of contravening the requirement as to the restriction of movement during the Coronavirus emergency period.

He pleaded guilty to both charges and has been sentenced to to 12 weeks imprisonment. 

Stevenson has also been ordered to pay a £300 in compensation to the Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.

Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector Lewis Prescott-Mayling of Aylesbury CID, said:

“Stevenson’s actions were reckless in attending the hospital without a genuine medical need. He has ignored the government advice, the clear signage at the hospital and caused upset to members of the public and NHS staff following his social media posts. In doing so he has breached the law. 

“At this time we must protect the vulnerable in our communities and do all we can to support the NHS. Thames Valley Police will consider any offences and take the appropriate action in order to play our part in achieving this. 

“The overwhelming majority of people are acting sensibly and we have not taken this decision to arrest Stevenson lightly, but we believe this was necessary and proportionate given his attendance at the hospital.

“The Court ruled his actions were a brazen disregard for the law which is there to protect lives, and that these could only result in a custodial sentence.”

Thames Valley Police

The Local Police Area Commander for Aylesbury Vale, Superintendent Michael Loebenberg, said:

“The vast majority of our communities are following the government guidance and we hope this is an isolated case. 

“We will be visible in our communities, engaging with the public, explaining the restrictions in place and encouraging compliance. 

“Where necessary though, as in this case, we will take enforcement action to protect the NHS and the wider public”.

CEO of Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust Neil Macdonald, said:  

“We would like to thank our colleagues in Thames Valley Police for their prompt and effective action in this case, and their continued support during what are challenging times for all of us. 

“To keep everyone safe, please stay at home, do not meet with others, even friends or family – and when you do have to go out for essential supplies, stay 2 metres away from the nearest person. If everyone follows this simple advice, it really will save lives and enable the NHS, the police and all the other emergency services to look after and protect the public”.

 

 

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