Brick thrown at ambulance on its way to hospital

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POLICE are hunting a yob who threw a brick at an ambulance while it was on a 999 call.

The ambulance was on the southbound A3M with its sirens and blue lights on when the brick was launched from a motorway bridge, just after junction four near Bedhampton.

One of the crew noticed a person climbing onto the bridge rails to throw the brick at the vehicle and alerted the driver.

They had to slow down to avoid an accident and the patient in the back being injured.

The incident happened at about 8.10am on Monday morning.

It is believed the person responsible was a child and may have been with other schoolchildren.

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Trust has branded the incident incredibly dangerous and said the person responsible showed an obvious lack of care for the lives of others.

Phil Pimlott, the divisional director of the ambulance service, said: ‘We are disappointed and shocked by the incident.

‘This is not a common occurrence.

‘That said we take very seriously any act that serves to threaten the lives of our staff and our patients and we are grateful that the members of staff in the vehicle were able to prevent an accident happening.

‘We would urge anyone with information to come forward.’

Hampshire police are urging parents to speak to their children about the dangers of such behaviour.

Havant Inspector Rob Mitchell said: ‘We believe it was school children responsible for this incident.

‘While they may think it was just a prank they need to be aware that their reckless actions could cause a serious accident and endanger people’s lives.

‘We are taking this incident very seriously and fully investigating it.

‘I would appeal for anyone who witnessed it or has experienced a similar incident to contact us with any information they have.’

He added: ‘This incident also services as a reminder to parents to talk to their children about this kind of behaviour and explain that it isn’t a game – it could have very serious consequences for motorists as well as the child and it will be investigated by police.’

Anyone with any information is asked to call PC Michael Kutner at Havant police station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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