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Pair who damaged ambulance on New Year's Day ordered to pay repair cost

Credit: East Midlands Ambulance Service

Two men who damaged an ambulance in Derbyshire have been ordered to pay the cost of repairs.

It happened outside a pub in the High Peaks on New Year's Day.

Jae Liam Rodgers and Oliver Sammans pleaded guilty to committing criminal damage under £5,000 at Chesterfield Magistrates.

The pair were identified after CCTV footage of the incident was released.

The ambulance crew had been attending an emergency. When they returned to the vehicle, they noticed the rear doors had been forced open.

Both defendants were handed a 12-month conditional discharge, ordered to pay £99.67 compensation each to East Midlands Ambulance Service, £20 victim surcharge and £85 Crown Prosecution Costs.

  • Footage from East Midlands Ambulance Service:

Our staff work hard every day to deliver the best possible care to our patients and when people damage our vehicles, it makes our job harder.

This damage took a life-saving vehicle off the road for a day. Our mechanics and colleagues in our fleet team worked hard to get it back out on the road and ready to respond to patients, but the money this cost could have been spent on extra crews or lifesaving equipment.

We ask people to treat all NHS staff with respect. Abuse of our staff and damage to our vehicles will not be tolerated and we will pursue the maximum penalty when this happens.”

– Mark Ward, Security Management Specialist for EMAS