September 7th, 2016

Vandals attack on-call ambulance

Vandals attack on-call ambulance Vandals attack on-call ambulance
The damage caused by vandals to the ambulance. Photo by WMAS. (s)
Updated: 4:57 pm, Sep 09, 2015

AMBULANCE chiefs have blasted vandals who attacked an ambulance attending a call out in Alcester.

It was parked up outside a property in Ten Acres shortly before 5pm on Sunday afternoon (September 6) when the vehicle was targeted.

The crew returned after treating a patient inside a house to find the bumper of the vehicle had been prised off on one side.

Fortunately the crew did not need to take the patient to hospital so returned to base where the vehicle had to be taken off the road for the remainder of the day while fixed.

Martyn Scott, West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) area manager for Warwickshire, said: “It beggar’s belief why someone would do this to an ambulance, a vehicle designed to help save lives.

“The ambulance crew noticed the damage immediately after returning to their vehicle and were very disappointed and upset by the incident.”

“Warwickshire Police have been notified and we’re working with them to support their investigation.”

The attack came just a day after another attack in Shrewsbury which saw an ambulance window smashed. The vehicle also had to be taken off the road while it was repaired.

WMAS head of security Steve Elliker said: “Why individuals want to vandalise and damage an emergency ambulance which has the primary function of assisting people at their most vulnerable is beyond belief.

“Clearly the Trust will do everything it can to identify and prosecute the small number of individuals who believe it is acceptable to cause criminal damage and I would urge anyone who can assist the police with their investigations to contact them as soon as possible.

“Members of the public should remember that this vehicle, that had to be repaired and was therefore unavailable to respond to emergency calls, could be the one that responds to you or your family one day.”

 

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