Vandals cause £85k damage to ambulances putting lives at risk

One of the ambulances damaged in the incident (Photo: East Midlands Ambulance Services)

Vandals have damaged four ambulances and vital lifesaving equipment has been stolen outside an ambulance station in Leicester.

East Midlands Ambulance Service said the incident will impact its ability to respond to emergency calls and has put lives at risk.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Friday 30 June while the ambulances were parked outside the Gorse Hill Ambulance Station on Anstey Lane.

The cost of repairs and replacement equipment will cost tax payers around £85,000. The equipment stolen includes Lifepaks, defibrillators and diagnostic machines.

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Paramedic Mark Gregory said: “This reckless act means four ambulances require major repair works and can’t respond to emergencies.”

He added: “Whoever did this clearly didn’t think of the impact that their actions would have on their community. Further to this, the loss and replacement of four lifesaving defibrillators will divert valuable funds from frontline resource.”

The vehicles will be off the road until repairs are completed and equipment replaced.

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