Scores of items stolen from emergency vehicles

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HUNDREDS of pounds’ worth of items have been stolen from the emergency services.

Items include a fire coat worth £270 stolen from the fire service, a £60 fleece from Fareham Police Station and personal items with a value of up to £180 have been taken from ambulances.

Between January 2008 and April 2009, £790 worth of personal equipment was stolen from fire engines or fire stations in Hampshire.

Jerry Leonard, group manager, at Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: ‘It’s never good when things are stolen, especially when it’s from our fire stations and vehicles. It is not a huge amount, so it’s helpful it is smaller.

‘We have had a tremendous improvement and last year we had no thefts.’

The figures come from a Freedom of Information request submitted by The News.

In the past three years, Hampshire Police said its records showed the theft of one fleece jacket.

A spokesman for Hampshire Constabulary, said: ‘Theft is a serious crime no matter where it takes place or who the victim is.

‘However, it’s very disappointing when someone chooses to target the emergency services in this way as not only could it prevent them doing their job but it’s ultimately the taxpayer who pays the price.’

South Central Ambulance Service recorded three thefts of personal items.