“It’s the violation of our personal space that is despicable” - thieves ransack ambulance station while paramedics answer 999 call

Dereham Ambulance Station was burgled whilst crews were out on an emergency call. Outside the station are  Nick Pritchett, (R) Keith George and Catherine. Picture: Ian Burt Dereham Ambulance Station was burgled whilst crews were out on an emergency call. Outside the station are Nick Pritchett, (R) Keith George and Catherine. Picture: Ian Burt

Saturday, December 1, 2012
9:56 AM

Thieves who ransacked an ambulance station while paramedics attended late-night emergencies stole a TV donated by grateful patients to help staff unwind between calls.

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The burglars waited until both the ambulance and rapid response vehicles at Dereham ambulance station were sent out on 999 calls out before forcing their way in some time between 1.55am and 4.10am on Wednesday November 28.

They initially tried to enter through back windows, smashing recently-installed double-glazed panes, before eventually breaking in through a glass door at the back of the building.

Paramedics returned from their calls to find their personal lockers broken into, doors kicked in, files strewn across the office and a safe containing keys to access vital medicines stolen.

Paramedic Keith George said the station is like a “second home” for staff, who work 12-14 hour shifts, and the thefts had left them devastated.

He said: “It’s the violation of our personal space that is despicable.

“We try to do a good job in the community, and while you are out serving your community you find that certain individuals in the community have come to rob you.

“What made it really sad for us was the fact that we had a little TV which was great for us. When you get back to the station you can go back and unwind. It was donated to station funds by people who we had treated.”

Mr George, who has worked at the station in Sardis Way for nine years and lives nearby, said it is in a quiet residential area of the town, has good relations with neighbours and has never been targeted before.

Police said the burglars had searched the premises, entering five rooms, and took a Sony TV and a metal key case.

A police spokesman appealed for anyone who anyone who saw the incident or knows anything about it to contact Dereham police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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