Two men who damaged an ambulance on New Years’ Day outside a pub have been ordered to pay the cost of repairs.
Jae Liam Rodgers and Oliver Sammans appeared at Chesterfield Magistrates on 8 April where they pleaded guilty to committing criminal damage under £5,000.
The ambulance crew had been attending an emergency in Hope Road, Bamford, in the early hours of New Year’s Day.
The vehicle was left parked up, and securely locked, outside the Travellers Rest pub.
When the crew returned to the vehicle the paramedics noticed that the rear doors of the ambulance had been forced open.
The pair were identified following CCTV was released as part of a joint press release from East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) and Derbyshire Police.
Both men were handed a 12-month conditional discharge, ordered to pay £99.67 compensation each to the East Midlands Ambulance Service.
Mark Ward, Security Management Specialist for EMAS, said:
“Our staff work hard every day to deliver the best possible care to our patients and when people damage our vehicles, it makes our job harder.
“This damage took a life-saving vehicle off the road for a day. Our mechanics and colleagues in our fleet team worked hard to get it back out on the road and ready to respond to patients, but the money this cost could have been spent on extra crews or lifesaving equipment.
“We ask people to treat all NHS staff with respect. Abuse of our staff and damage to our vehicles will not be tolerated and we will pursue the maximum penalty when this happens.”