PARAMEDICS had their belongings stolen – including a packed lunch and iPhone charger – by a heartless thief as they responded to a 999 call.
The scumbag managed to raid the medics’ ambulance while they were tending to a patient in Basingstoke, Hampshire.
Among the items taken were three pairs of Ray-Ban sunglasses, a paramedic’s work ID and handbook, an i-Phone charger and a set of keys.
One of the South Central Ambulance Service (SCAC) crew, Dan Leadbetter, even had his Slimming World lunch – consisting of four Laughing Cow cheese triangles, two cans of Coke Zero, Alpen Light bar, and banana and apple – nicked.
And another medic, Laura Brocklebank, had her Cath Kidston handbag stolen.
The ambulance’s radio was also damaged in the raid last Thursday. The vehicle has since been taken off the road.
Hundreds of people took to social media to express their shock at the incident, and have rallied to raise funds for the ambulance service to show their support.
Mark Butler, who set up a JustGiving page titled Apologies from Basingstoke, which has so far raised more than £1,200, said: “Whilst this theft and vandalism is relatively small in monetary value, the impact it can have on staff morale and their ability to undertake their role properly can be huge.
I have set up a little fundraiser for South Central Ambulance Service, just as a way of showing our appreciation to them and our disgust at the actions of some individuals.”
The news also reached Cath Kidston who offered to send Laura a new handbag.
We are so grateful and humbled for the support shown by everyone. We never in a million years expected anything like this to happen and all staff within South Central Ambulance Service are proud to serve Basingstoke and the surrounding areas
Dan Leadbetter, one of the paramedics involved, thanked those who had shown their support, and said: “Myself and my colleague who were the crew are so grateful and humbled for the support shown by everyone.
“We never in a million years expected anything like this to happen and all staff within South Central Ambulance Service are proud to serve Basingstoke and the surrounding areas. Once again thank you for all your support.”
A statement from SCAS thanked those who had responded to the incident, and said it was “overwhelmed by the kindness shown to our staff”.
Sergeant Trevor Taylor, from Basingstoke police, praised everyone for the “amazing community spirit”.
He added: “While our investigation continues many great acts and spirits have been shown by you all. From the kind Just Giving page, an offer sent in of a new charger to the fact that Cath Kidston are sending the paramedic a band new bag.
“Basingstoke is a very safe place to live and quite clearly full of amazing people who pull together as a great community should when it counts.”