Devon

Plymouth ambulance paramedic in court on drug charges

A Devon paramedic has appeared in court accused of stealing drugs from patients and his employer.

Charles Kingdom, 36, of Brandon Road, Plymouth, faces 15 charges including theft and fraud.

The South Western Ambulance Trust employee is accused of stealing a range of medication and falsifying forms between January 2009 and August 2010.

Plymouth magistrates said the case was so serious it would have to be heard before a judge and jury.

Mr Kingdom, who is based at Derriford Hospital, is accused of five thefts of drugs including morphine and codeine phosphate belonging to the ambulance service.

The fraud charges relate to the possession of eight blank patient records and 21 completed records and entering false details on a drugs register.

Mr Kingdom was released on bail until 30 March when he will reappear before magistrates for committal to Plymouth Crown Court.

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