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Coronavirus Kent: Police hunt 'highly irresponsible' culprit who drilled holes in the tyres of six ambulances in Ramsgate

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Police are appealing for information to help them catch whoever was responsible for drilling holes in the tyres of six ambulances.

Paramedics arrived to the vehicle preparation centre in Ramsgate on Sunday to find nine tyres from a number of vehicles damaged.

Ambulances at the centre in Ramsgate were vandalised
Ambulances at the centre in Ramsgate were vandalised

The vehicles were damaged while parked in the Haine Road depot overnight between 8pm on Saturday and 7am the following morning.

The vehicles had to be taken off the road.

The mindless attack comes as Kent's ambulance service says it is under "significant pressure" amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Police are hunting the culprit and urge anyone with information to come forward.

District Commander for Thanet, Chief Inspector Ed Ruffle, says causing criminal damage to emergency vehicles is highly irresponsible and it could have put staff and patients in danger.

"To do this at a time when health services are under enormous pressure to keep people safe, could have had dire consequences, and we ask that anyone with information regarding this, contacts us," he said.

Witnesses are asked to call police on 01843 222289 quoting 46/52297/20, or Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or using the anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org

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