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Welsh ambulance vandalised in shocking incident in Risca

THE Welsh Ambulance Service is appealing for information after one of its vehicles was vandalised as it tended to a patient.

The ambulance was parked on Quantock Close, Risca, at around 2.20am on Sunday, when vandals let down the tyres, removed the safety lugs from the wheel nuts and snapped the heater exhaust from the underside of the vehicle.

Credit: Welsh Ambulance Service

The vehicle remains off the road for repairs.

Credit: Welsh Ambulance Service

Kevin Crowther, the Trust’s Service Manager in South East Wales, said: “While dealing with a patient nearby, the ambulance vehicle was deliberately sabotaged.

“It’s hugely irresponsible for people to vandalise emergency vehicles of any type, but more so at a time when the service is faced with high demand.

“This was a malicious act which meant that one of our ambulances is now off the road for repairs, and is therefore unable to respond to 999 calls.

“Such reckless action can put lives at risk, and we would urge anyone with information to contact police.”

Enquiries are ongoing and anyone with information about the incident, including CCTV and dashcam footage, can call Gwent Police on 101 quoting log reference 2200196178.

Alternatively you can also direct message Gwent Police with details – quoting the same log reference number – or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.