A persistent Blyth timewaster is behind bars after physically and verbally abusing emergency workers.

Earlier this year, Ross Fyfe was handed a Community Behaviour Order (CBO) for his prolific abuse of the North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (NEAS) which he would call relentlessly.

The 35-year-old would repeatedly make bogus calls to the service, which would attend only to be verbally and physically harmed.

Onn January 20, Fyfe’s ill-treatment of emergency workers peaked, when he assaulted a paramedic by punching them in the stomach, leading to the imposition of the order.

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The terms of the CBO prohibit Fyfe from acting in an anti-social manner to emergency service workers and the wider public and contacting services for any reason other than in an emergency.

A spokesperson for Northumbria Police said: “Only 1️1 days after the order was imposed, however, paramedics attended Fyfe’s Blyth address after receiving reports of him being in pain.

“When they arrived, they were met with an onslaught of verbal abuse, breaching his order.

“Fyfe was subsequently arrested and placed into custody.

“On Friday, Fyfe, of Holystone Avenue, Blyth, appeared at Newcastle Crown Court where he was sentenced to four months imprisonment for breach of a CBO.

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“The order remains in place for three years.

“Instances such as these are a valuable reminder to only call 999 when there is an emergency. Both the police and NEAS have non-emergency numbers which should be used in such instances.

“Please ask yourself if the situation requires an emergency services response, or if possible, you can report via 101 or the 'Tell Us Something' page of the Northumbria Police website instead.”