Blue lights taken from Cheltenham ambulance

Thieves have "ripped" emergency blue lights from an ambulance in Gloucestershire.

The white Skoda Octavia car was parked in a lane in Southam, near Cheltenham, when the damage was done.

A police spokesman said someone had ripped the lights off the top of the vehicle, leaving the cables behind.

The incident happened between 19:00 GMT on 24 December and 07:30 GMT on 25 December. Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

A Great Western Ambulance Service spokesman confirmed the vehicle is owned by the trust and used by the on call duty manager.

He said: "They attend incidents where there are other emergency services, help with scene management and co-ordinate with hospitals.

"Although this vehicle was not on front-line duty, all our vehicles fitted with blue-lights are available to respond to 999 emergencies to patients - the theft of the blue-lights therefore meant it was unable to respond to a potentially life-threatening call.

"At the very least, the theft represents an expensive inconvenience to patients, taxpayers and us as an organisation, so we are working with the police to help apprehend the culprits."

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