Ambulance stolen by joyriders as paramedics helped sick patient

An ambulance was stolen by ‘extremely irresponsible’ joyriders as paramedics treated a patient.

The crew were working at around 10pm on Saturday to help a sick person in Shotton, Flintshire, Wales.

They had to be taken to A&E, so the theft could have caused ‘very serious harm’ as the vehicle was no longer available.

Luckily, the ambulance service was able to quickly dispatch another vehicle to assist the paramedic crew.

North Wales Police officers later found the ambulance damaged and abandoned nearby.

Now the police force and also the Welsh Ambulance Service are appealing for information to find those responsible.

Bob Tooby, Welsh Ambulance Service’s assistant director of operations, said: ‘This is a very rare occurrence but is being treated incredibly seriously.

‘The theft of an emergency ambulance is an extremely irresponsible act placing patients and the public at risk.

‘Had the crew needed to access additional emergency equipment, or to urgently convey the patient to hospital, this could have led to very serious harm.

‘Our services have been extremely busy dealing with winter pressures, alongside the challenges of the pandemic.

‘We will be supporting our North Wales Police colleagues to find the person responsible, and bring them to justice.’

Director of Operations for the service Lee Brookes said: ‘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.’

North Wales Police said the vehicle had to be taken off the road by the ambulance service.

They added: ‘On Saturday 14th November at 2200 hours a Welsh Ambulance service vehicle was stolen from Green Lane in Deeside.

‘The Ambulance was located a short time after in Dee View Crescent abandoned with damage caused.

‘As a result this has left the Ambulance service with one less emergency resource and ultimately putting people’s lives in danger.

‘North Wales Police are appealing to the public for any information with regards to who is responsible.’

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