Ambulances have been purposely damaged in Kent, severely impacting the efforts against the coronavirus in the area
Paramedics who are on the frontline of the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, arrived at work yesterday morning, to find that holes had been drilled into the tyres of six of their ambulances.
One paramedic posted on Facebook:
“Just when you thought this country couldn’t get any worse, someone comes along and drills holes in our ambulance tyres. So we’re now all off the road.”
The vehicles have been taken off of the road they were discovered to be damaged was at a vehicle preparation centre in Ramsgate at around 7am on Sunday.
The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in one death so far in Medway in Kent and these crimes have put s damaging effect on the ambulance service’s ability to help during this time of global crisis.
Janine Compton, a spokesman for South East Coast Ambulance Service, says most people have been “fantastically supportive” of its staff.
She said: “We can confirm that six of our frontline ambulances were deliberately damaged overnight at our Make Ready Centre in Thanet.”
“Our fleet staff have worked tremendously hard this morning to ensure that the impact on our patients was minimal. However, it was additional work at a time we are already under significant pressure.”
“It is extremely disappointing that an individual would target the ambulance service in this way, at a time when the vast majority of the public have been fantastically supportive of our staff during these difficult times.”
“We urge anyone with any information on this to contact Kent Police.”
Investigations are currently ongoing on who perpetrated this damage, according to the Police.