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Ambulance broken into while staff help a child

An ambulance has been broken into in the Knowle area of Bristol whilst staff helped a young patient.

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust says personal belongings and ambulance equipment were taken "whilst the crew were treating a poorly child".

The theft happened sometime between 1.30pm and 2.20pm today while the ambulance was on duty and attending an incident Delius Grove in Knowle.

A crew member’s purse and a SwasFT-issued Samsung Galaxy PDA were taken from the vehicle.

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Avon and Somerset Police are appealing for information and any potential witnesses.

South Western Ambulance urge people to call 999 only in an emergency

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The South Western Ambulance Trust are urging people only to call 999 in an emergency in the run up to Christmas.

There have been 23 convictions so far this year of frequent callers who have abused the emergency telephone system.

There are a recorded 2,000 active frequent callers across the South West, most of whom have mental health, substance or social care issues.

The Trust says they can get in the way of them helping patients in urgent and life threatening conditions.

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