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

09:56 01 December 2012

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

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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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18 comments

  • Dreadful - morale is low for these people as it is.

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    Jono

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • Does anyone know who I would contact to donate a TV?

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    Laura

    Sunday, December 2, 2012

  • "Loco" quite the opposite I did rely on them to turn up at 11.30am on June 19th, 2012 and they didn;t turn up !!! after 3 hours and by then it was too late...

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    Footyboy16

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • that is an absolutely disgusting thing to do , hope they get bad karma.

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    morello

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • Didn't realise the Ambulance Service went out on 999 calls nowadays !!!

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    Footyboy16

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • Scumbags!! I just hope your guilt will be to much torment if you or family need this Service an the amazing Staff!! Sadly there is no cure for Low Lives like you.May you have a GUILTY RIDDEN LIFE! !! (Harsh words, but true )

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    magm2002

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • This is an outrage. What is Bett doing about it?

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • Sadly as the massive increase in Internet sales closes shops and creates hardship and unemployment in the coming years .. Petty crime and burglaries will increase in tandem... Obtaining goods in this way to sell locally or on line etc.. Trouble is petty sentances are given which encourages even more crime...

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    Lionel

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • Alex.. The internet society is growing every year... 200 million shop sale lost to the internet this year alone in the uk... 35% up on last year... Amazon 1million a day .. To think it has no affect on shop sales ... This is Internet buying and selling society now... Comet and past others are examples of its impact. Look at link... http:www.guardian.co.ukbusiness2012nov30dark-stores-feed-dotcom-shoppers

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    Lionel

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • What complete scum they are.What makes me sick is that at some point in there sad lives they lead , they would most probably require the help from ambulance crews. I hope they are caught and punished that is just lowest you could go so wrong.

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    kev26dereham

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • Lionel, did you notice we are in a recession caused by a frivolous, self-regulating banking system? Can't believe people still blaming eachother. The internet and those that use it are not in competition with or responsible for the demise of local businesses. The internet is open for any shops or individuals to expand their business if they take the opportunity. Internet shops are also suffering at the hands of greedy bankers and unscrupulous politicians.

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    Alex Curly

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • Sadly as spendable incomes reduce and the massive rise in Internet sales close more and more shops... Creating more hardship and unemployment in the coming years..?. Crime will no doubt increase in tandem .... Petty theft and burglaries being a means of getting items to be sold online .... Or to someone local.

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    Lionel

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • Footyboy 16 You are a right W.......!

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    dave123

    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • By the look's of his stupid comment Footyboy16 seem's to think this is a joke, I just hope he never has to rely on these people or a 999 call .

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    loco

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • "Loco" quite the opposite I did rely on them to turn up at 11.30am on June 19th, 2012 and they didn;t turn up !!! after 3 hours and by then it was too late...

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    Footyboy16

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • i am sorry for your bad experience "footyboy 16" but it still does not excuse the morons who did this. as for the cctv although they are there it doesnt mean they work??.

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    i am mostly wrong??

    Sunday, December 2, 2012

  • @Police Commissioner....What is Bett doing about it?......Bett has already told us that our expectations of the police is too high, so perhaps nothing is all we should expect.

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    Rhombus

    Sunday, December 2, 2012

  • Despicable, the whole of town is full of CCTV and we pay dearly for it, but we can't protect the Ambulance station from burglary?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

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