Vandals have deliberately damaged six ambulances as NHS workers struggle to cope with the strain on the service due to coronavirus.
On Monday morning the South East Coast Ambulance service tweeted that its vehicles had been targeted overnight.
Six of our ambulances were deliberately damaged overnight in Kent. Beyond disappointed that anyone would do this ever, let alone now when our staff are under so much pressure. Well done to Fleet & Make Ready teams for getting these back on the road asap 1/2— SECAmb (@SECAmbulance) March 22, 2020
Kent Police told Yahoo News UK the attacks were being investigated as criminal offences.
A spokesman said: “Information is being sought following damage caused to a number of ambulances in Thanet.
“Kent Police received an initial report on Sunday that shortly after 7am one vehicle was found to have damaged tyres. Following further enquiries, it has been established that a total of 15 tyres from a number of vehicles were damaged while parked in Haine Road, Ramsgate, between 8pm on Saturday and 7am the following morning.”
District Commander for Thanet, Chief Inspector Ed Ruffle said: “Causing criminal damage to emergency vehicles is highly irresponsible, and it could have put staff and patients in danger. To do this at a time when health services are under enormous pressure to keep people safe, could have had dire consequences, and we ask that anyone with information regarding this, contacts us.”
Witnesses are asked to call Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting 46/52297/20.
Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust told Yahoo News UK that a hospital in Kidderminster had also been the target of vandals who let off around 20 fire extinguishers at midnight.
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