Emergency supplies stolen from ambulance in Darlington while crew tending to patient (From The Northern Echo)
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Emergency supplies stolen from ambulance in Darlington while crew tending to patient
THIEVES stole vital medical equipment from an emergency ambulance while crews were working on a patient.
Paramedics were treating a woman inside a house in Darlington when their red responder bag - containing vital equipment including an oxygen cylinder and masks - was taken from the back of the ambulance.
It had to be taken off the road following the theft and was unable to return to service until the equipment could be replaced.
A spokeswoman for the North East Ambulance Service said: “It really is despicable that some people will stoop as low as stealing from the back of an ambulance while the crew are attending a patient.
“These type of opportunist thefts usually result in items with very little monetary value being taken – but their loss means the vehicle has to be restocked.
“Even taking a bag of bandages can have serious consequences for someone. The ambulance ends up being temporarily out of service while the missing items are replaced, and won’t be attending 999 calls.
“Over the last year or so we have been installing CCTV cameras in our fleet of vehicles, and we will be reviewing what evidence we have from this particular vehicle to see how we take the matter forward. If anyone in the area does know anything about the theft, we would ask them to contact the police.”
Police are investigating the incident, which took place in Shildon Street between midnight and 12.30am on Wednesday, October 16.
A 51-year-old woman from the Darlington area was arrested and interviewed in connection with the theft but released with no charge.
The equipment remains missing and police are urging anyone who knows anything about the theft or the whereabouts of the property to come forward.
Anyone with information should contact Darlington Police on non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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