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At about 2am on Saturday morning in the Buckland area of Portsmouth, thieves stole the personal effects of the ambulance crew who were in a nearby address treating a patient who was in a serious condition.
The crew had left their vehicle to go and treat their patient at approximately 00:45 and made the shocking discovery when one of them returned back to the vehicle to collect more equipment to treat their patient.
Despite the obvious shock that their vehicle had been broken into they continued to treat their patient and take them to Queen Alexandra Hospital.
On completion of the emergency it was on return to base that they discovered what had been stolen, such things as ambulance clothing, drinks bottles, their lunch and sunglasses, among other things. However no clinical equipment was stolen, that said an unsuccessful attempt was made to try and remove a screen within the vehicle. As a result the thieves left the cab in a complete state of disarray.
Rob Kemp, Head of Operations said
“We are disgusted by the blatant disrespect shown by thieves in stealing from an ambulance crew who were on an emergency call treating a patient at the time of the theft. It is a credit to our staff who continued to treat their patient despite making the shocking discovery.”
“I would like to emphasise that all the equipment used on our vehicles is of no use or value to anyone unless you are trying to save a life!”
Tim Feltham, spokesperson from Hampshire Constabulary said
“We'd like to hear from anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious around where the ambulance was parked on Hanway Road at the time.
"Perhaps you spotted the suspects hanging around the area at the time or running off, or maybe you've heard someone talk about who did this.
"If so, please contact Hampshire Constabulary on 101, quoting crime reference number 44100333079, or the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111."