Ambulance attacked whilst responding to 999 emergency

Friday 29th March 2019 – 11am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Ambulance bosses are appealing for members of the public to help them identify the individual(s) who smashed the window of an ambulance whilst it was responding to a 999 call.

The incident happened on Collector Road in Castle Bromwich, Birmingham, at about 8.50pm last night (Thursday).

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The crew, who were unhurt in the incident, were travelling on blue lights at the time, responding to a patient with breathing difficulties. A second ambulance was immediately dispatched to the patient by the Trust’s Emergency Operations Centre.

The damaged ambulance had to be taken out of service and remains off the road this morning, awaiting repair which will cost hundreds of pounds.

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Emergency Services Operations Delivery Director, Nathan Hudson, said: “It is incredibly frustrating to once again find ourselves questioning why on earth somebody would want to do this to an ambulance.

“Not only that, but given it was using blue lights at the time, whoever did this could clearly see it was responding to an emergency, what if it had been on the way to one of their family members or rushing a loved one to hospital?

“We’re now faced with a vehicle being out of service, a repair bill and not forgetting the horrible nature of this incident for the staff involved. I am extremely thankful no-one was hurt.

“We will be pulling the CCTV from the vehicle and passing it to the police but we would ask for anyone who has any information about this despicable incident to contact West Midlands Police on 101 and quote 20be/75740d/19.”

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Notes to Editors: If used, please credit the image to West Midlands Ambulance Service.

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