POLICE have condemned the “despicable” theft of equipment from an ambulance which was on call in the North East.
Two pressurised gas canisters containing oxygen and Entonox were stolen from the back of an ambulance in Overfield Road, Fawdon, Newcastle, between 8.24pm and 8.50pm on Tuesday.
Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt of Northumbria Police said: “Stealing from an ambulance which was on a call is despicable.
“I would appeal for anyone with information about this theft to contact one of our officers in Newcastle at once.”
Alan Gallagher, head of risk and claims at North East Ambulance Service, said: “All theft directly impacts on patient care, whether it is a clinical equipment or not, as each incident needs to be investigated by the police.
“This takes a vehicle off the road while those inquiries are made, the stolen equipment is replaced and any damage repaired.”
Anyone with information about the theft is asked to contact police on the 101 non-emergency number, quoting reference 47355F/13.
Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.