West Midlands Ambulance Service is appealing for help to identify an individual who broke into an ambulance and stole personal belongings on Sunday night (28/10) whilst the crew were inside a property treating a patient.

The incident happened on Frankley Beeches Road at the junction of Egghill Lane in Northfield at around 9.00pm. The ambulance crew were treating a patient inside a nearby property and returned to their locked ambulance to find the driver’s side window had been smashed and a variety of personal items stolen including an iPhone.

Nathan Hudson, the Trust’s Emergency Services Operations Delivery Director, said: “I cannot begin to understand why someone would do this to an emergency blue lighted vehicle which has the sole responsibility of helping people. It really does make you question the morals of some people. This despicable crime has meant an ambulance is off the road and unable to respond to 999 calls whilst it’s being repaired; money which would’ve been better spent elsewhere in the service to help respond to patients.

“It is unacceptable that ambulance staff, who are there to help people in their hour of need, are made to suffer by members of the public. Any type of attack against our staff and our vehicles will not be tolerated. I am just thankful that, on this occasion, my staff weren’t hurt. If you are able to help to solve this crime, please come forward.”

The Trust has released CCTV footage, captured by the ambulance’s external cameras, in the hope that it helps to identify the individual. If you have any information about this incident, witnessed anything suspicious at the time or recognise this individual, please contact West Midlands Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting crime number 20BW-249810Q/18.