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Wide range of items stolen out of ambulances

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 09, 2014

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BLUE lights, a high-visibility jacket and a fuel cap are some of the items which have been stolen from the region's ambulances in the past three years.

Thieves have also swiped satellite navigation systems, mobile phones, drugs and even two vehicles from East Midlands Ambulance Service since 2011.

Bosses at the NHS organisation have hit back at the culprits, saying their actions result in ambulances having to come off the road for repairs when they should be responding to 999 calls.

But they said the ambulance service was the top NHS trust in the country for catching the culprits.

The information has come to light following a Freedom of Information request to the trust.

It shows there were only three items stolen from vehicles between April 2011 and March 2012 – a blue-light bar, a cylinder and a bag containing anaesthesia gas and a drugs bag.

But, because of one haul where 72 blister packs of pain relief tablets were taken, this soared to 84 between April 2012 and March 2013.

A spokesman for East Midlands Ambulance Service said: "We investigate all cases and we work in partnership with police."

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