Woman arrested over angry note on ambulance

The handwritten message was left on an ambulance in Tunstall, Staffordshire, while paramedics attended a 999 call.

It read: “If this van is for anyone but Number 14 then you have no right to be parked here.

“I couldn’t give a s*** if the whole street collapsed. Now move your van from outside my house.”

Woman arrested over angry note on ambulance
Woman arrested over angry note on ambulance

On Monday morning, John Owen, commander of policing in Stoke-on-Trent North, wrote on Twitter: “We have arrested a 26-year-old female for public order offences.

“Emergency services must be able to carry out their roles without fear of abuse/intimidation of any kind.”

Earlier, he had written: “It’s important that those working to save lives feel safe in the course of their duty.

“I’m sure that’s the view of 99.99% of our population.”

We have arrested a 26 year old female for public order offences. Emergency Services must be able to carry out their roles without fear of abuse/intimidation of any kind. https://t.co/xHSbdtl54S

— CI John Owen (@StokePoliceNrth) 19 February 2018

After the note was found over the weekend, Katie Tudor, a paramedic mentor for West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS), posted a picture and wrote on Twitter: “So upset to be sent this by one of our crews this morning!”

She said the team involved had also been verbally abused, adding that the ambulance had not been blocking the road and was in a parking space.

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So upset to be sent this by one of our crews this morning! Along with this note left on their 🚑 they received a load of verbal abuse!😡😔@OFFICIALWMAS@StaffsPolicepic.twitter.com/c4UYdcjv86

— Katie Tudor (@wmaskatietudor) 18 February 2018

“Is there anything that can be done about this? It’s becoming a regular occurrence,” she tweeted to a number of police accounts.

The WMAS hazardous area response team had also criticised the note, writing on Twitter: “Unfortunately this appears to be acceptable behaviour in some small minded people’s minds these days #sadtimes.”

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