‘Thugs in school uniform’ attack ambulance with brick

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An ambulance boss condemned the "senseless" thugs who hurled a brick through the window of a vehicle while it responded to an emergency.

The paramedic ambulance was parked outside an address near the YMCA building in Whetstone Lane, Birkenhead, while crews treated a patient in their home.

The lump of sandstone went through the skylight and left the inside of the ambulance covered in broken fragments of glass.

The offenders are described as white males, aged around 12-15, with short hair. Both were wearing school uniform.

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The damage means the ambulance will be out of action for a week or more putting additional strain on resources.

Matt Kelly, a director of Bromborough-based Spark Medical, said the crew were out on a job on behalf of North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) when the attack happened yesterday afternoon (Friday).

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He said: "The brick caused the skylight to break into a thousand pieces and left the back of the ambulance and the stretcher covered in glass.

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"Luckily the ambulance crew and patient all escaped without any injuries but the damage caused to the ambulance means it can't respond to any emergencies for at least a week while it gets repaired.

"We're shocked that anyone could be so senseless and dangerous. Thankfully no one was hurt on this occasion but the consequences of such reckless behaviour could have been much, much worse if a patient and crew had been in the back of the ambulance."

The lump of sandstone that was used to attack the ambulance

Merseyside Police said they were called at around 3.20pm yesterday (Friday) to a report youths had thrown a brick through the sunroof of the ambulance.

Chief Inspector Kim Carter said: "It is absolutely despicable to think that an ambulance could be targeted in this way. Thankfully nobody was in the ambulance or hurt during this incident, but it could have been so much worse.

"And the males who did this have risked taking a vital life-saving service off the roads at a time when, as we all know, our health services are under immense pressure due to the ongoing pandemic.

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"I want to take this opportunity to remind parents to make sure they know where their children are, who they are with and what they are getting up to.

"We are in a national lockdown and the rules apply to everyone – you should only make essential journeys, and meet with one other person from outside your household or bubble for exercise locally.

"If you have any information on this incident that can help us identify those responsible, please contact us and we will do the rest."

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If you have any information, please contact the social media desk on Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook 'Merseyside Police Contact Centre' with reference 21000093771, or call 101.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form here.

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