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Brick thrown at ambulance taking patient to hospital

Smashed ambulance windscreen
Image caption The crew and patient were very shaken up, a spokesman said.

An ambulance taking a patient to hospital in Bedfordshire has its windscreen smashed by people throwing bricks off an M1 bridge.

The East of England Ambulance Service vehicle was between junctions 10 and 11 on the northbound carriageway of the M1 on Tuesday night.

"This mindless act could have killed our crew and the patient," an ambulance service spokesman said.

Two youths were seen on the bridge during the incidents.

Ambulance service spokesman Gary Sanderson said: "First and foremost this is a despicable act to carry out.

"This mindless act could had seriously injured or even killed our crew and the patient and other road users on the motorway.

"Words cannot describe how the crew felt following this incident. The crew, both men, and the patient were very shaken up indeed."

The ambulance was take out of service while the windscreen was replaced.

Bedfordshire Police said the bonnet of an Audi A3 was also damaged.

Officers went to search the bridges in the area but the youths had fled the scene.

One of them was described as a white male, aged 16 with dark hair and wearing a navy shirt.

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