An ambulance was stolen and trashed while paramedics treated a patient inside her home.
Thieves took the vehicle in the Shotton area of Flintshire, Wales, around 10pm on Saturday.
The Welsh Ambulance Service Trust were able to dispatch another vehicle without delay to assist the crew, North Wales Live reports.
North Wales Police immediately alerted their own teams who later found the ambulance abandoned and damaged nearby, on Dee View.
Bob Tooby, Assistant Director of Operations at the Welsh Ambulance Service said: “The theft of an emergency ambulance is an extremely irresponsible act placing patients and the public at risk.
“Had the crew needed to access additional emergency equipment from the vehicle, or to urgently convey the patient to hospital, this act could have led to very serious harm.
“North Wales Police are now leading enquiries to identify the offenders and we would encourage members of the public to come forward with any information regarding the theft.
“North Wales Police have dispatched their crime scene examiners who will forensically examine the vehicle.
“Our services have been extremely busy dealing with winter pressures, alongside the challenges of the pandemic.
“We will be supporting our North Wales Police colleagues to find the person responsible, and bring them to justice. This is a very rare occurrence but is being treated incredibly seriously.”
Director of Operations for the service, Lee Brookes, said: “As if the service and communities haven’t had enough to deal with this year, we have what I can only describe as mindless stupidity to contend with too.”
An investigation is now being carried out by North Wales Police.
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