Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Blue lights stolen from Southampton ambulances

Blue lights have been stolen from three ambulances in Hampshire, leaving them unable to attend 999 calls.

Thieves stole lights from the front, back and sides of the vehicles at a station in Southampton.

The ambulances, which are owned by a private firm contracted to the service, were in a fenced compound when they were targeted on 1 November.

Police and health managers have called the theft "hugely irresponsible" and said it has put "lives at risk".

'No good reason'

A spokesman for South Central Ambulance Service said: "At a time when the local ambulance service is facing mounting winter pressures, it is hugely irresponsible for people to vandalise emergency vehicles of any type.

"Such reckless action can put lives at risk.

"It means that emergency response vehicles are out of commission and unable to respond to medical emergencies for a period of time."

Hampshire Police are investigating the theft and a spokesman added: "This type of behaviour is nothing short of reckless and has the potential to endanger lives of those needing emergency medical attention.

"We would see no good reason why anyone would want to take lights from ambulances and would urge anyone who may know those responsible or may have come across the lights to contact us immediately."

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