Thieves attempted to break into an ambulance while paramedics were treading a patient at a house in Cwmbran.
The Welsh Ambulance Service crew were at a medical emergency on Rhiw Melin in Upper Cwmbran yesterday (Wednesday 15 November) when someone tried to break into the vehicle which was parked outside between 9.30am-12.30pm.
They caused about £1,000 worth of damage to the driver’s side door and near side locker. Nothing was stolen in the attempted raid.
Darren Panniers, the Welsh Ambulance Service’s head of emergency medical service in south Wales, said: “While our crew was seeing to a very unwell patient, someone or some people were outside trying to break into their vehicle. Attempted theft from any vehicle is wrong, but attempted theft from an emergency ambulance is just plain irresponsible. If they’d have stolen the vehicle itself, it would have meant a delay in getting the patient to hospital, and that could have been catastrophic.
“While thankfully nothing was taken, the vehicle needs to come off the road for repairs, and that’s one less crew available to respond to 999 calls in the community. We would appeal to anyone with information to contact the police.”
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