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£85,000 damage after ambulances smashed and lifesaving equipment stolen

Four ambulances were damaged Credit: East Midlands Ambulance Service

Four ambulances have been damaged and vital lifesaving equipment stolen outside an ambulance station.

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

It happened in the early hours of this morning (30 June) at Gorse Hill ambulance station, Leicestershire.

The cost of repairs and replacement equipment will cost the service and tax payers is estimated £85,000. The Lifepaks, manually operated defibrillators and diagnostic machines, have been targeted and stolen.

The damage will cost the ambulance service and taxpayers £85,000 Credit: East Midlands Ambulance Service

Mark Gregory, Paramedic and General Manager for Leicestershire said:

This reckless act means four ambulances requires major repair works and can’t respond to emergencies. 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 front line resource.

We have a zero tolerance approach and will work with Leicestershire Police to take action and make sure that whoever did this receives the appropriate punishment.

– Paramedic and General Manager for Leicestershire, Mark Gregory
The damage was done in the early hours of this morning (30 June) Credit: East Midlands Ambulance Service

While every effort has been made to repair and re-stock vehicles as soon as possible, the incidents have an obvious impact on our ability to respond to patients.

– East Midlands Ambulance Service
Leicestershire Police are now investigating Credit: East Midlands Ambulance Service