Spate Of Thefts From Ambulance Stations

26 June 2017, 12:18 | Updated: 26 June 2017, 12:22

South East Coast Ambulance

South East Coast Ambulance Service says more lifesaving equipment has been stolen from its ambulance stations and vehicles.

Two weeks ago, premises and vehicles were targeted in Kent in Ashford, Sheppey, Herne Bay and Thanet.

Now, similar incidents have taken place in Sussex and Surrey.

On each occasion vital life-saving equipment including Lifepaks – manually operated defibrillators and diagnostic machines - has been targeted

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.

SECAmb Associate Director of Operations Sue Skelton said: "The theft of this equipment puts lives at risk and each incident places even greater pressure on our already stretched resources.

"We are working closely police on these incidents and would urge anyone with any information whatsoever to come forward. It appears that these incidents are part of a targeted campaign against our vehicles and premises.”

Anyone with any information is urged to contact police on 101. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.