Ambulance Stolen And Trashed As Paramedics Treat Patient Inside Home
In truly depressing news, an ambulance was stolen outside a house while paramedics were busy treating a patient inside.
The emergency services vehicle was found abandoned and trashed on a nearby road after "extremely irresponsible" thieves decided to take it.
The paramedics had been treating an unwell patient in a house in Shotton, north Wales, at the time, but when they left the premises they found their ambulance was missing.
Another crew was then dispatched to help the health workers, but the theft meant that their valuable time was wasted.
Police proceeded to discover the stolen ambulance dumped nearby.
The Welsh Ambulance Service has since spoken out insisting that those who stole the emergency vehicle were "placing patients and the public at risk".
A spokesperson said: "The theft of an emergency ambulance is an extremely irresponsible act.
"Had the crew needed to access additional emergency equipment from the vehicle, or to urgently convey the patient to hospital, this act could have led to very serious harm.
"Our services have been extremely busy dealing with winter pressures, alongside the challenges of the pandemic.
"This is a very rare occurrence it is being treated incredibly seriously."
Lee Brookes, Director of Operations for the service, added: "As if the service and communities haven't had enough to deal with this year, we have what I can only describe as mindless stupidity to contend with too."
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Determined to find the perpetrators, North Wales Police are now investigating the theft and have dispatched crime scene investigators to forensically examine the vehicle.
"Why would anyone even think of taking such a vital vehicle...???," someone wrote online after reading what had happened.
"I had to read this tweet a couple of times to believe it it's just heartbreaking to think there are people living amongst us low enough to take such a vital vehicles".
Meanwhile, another concurred: "Why would anyone do that unbelieveable (sic)".
What's wrong with people? How in anyone's mind can this be ok. The ambulance staff are working so hard in challenging times and we should be supporting them, not stealing the vehicle that could save YOUR life. Makes me feel sad that this is the world we live in.
- Bethan Harris (@Iambeth2) November 15, 2020
"Heartbreaking. Just absolutely heartbreaking," wrote another.
As a fourth chipped in: "What's wrong with people? How in anyone's mind can this be OK.
"The ambulance staff are working so hard in challenging times and we should be supporting them, not stealing the vehicle that could save YOUR life.
"Makes me feel sad that this is the world we live in."
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