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Emergency driver 'who gave revellers a lift' suspended

Picture by photographer Paul King
Two separate investigations into the incident are being conducted

An ambulance driver has been suspended over claims he gave a lift to a group of female revellers in Berkshire.

Freelance photographer Paul King, who captured the incident, said it occurred in Reading on St Patrick's Day.

The driver is employed by MediForce Ltd - a private contractor which provides emergency ambulance vehicles and staff for South Central Ambulance Service.

MediForce and the ambulance service said they were both conducting separate investigations into the incident.

I went to see what was going on and out popped all these ladies
Paul King, eyewitness

Mr King told BBC News: "I had been in town taking photographs of the St Patrick's Day [17 March] celebrations.

"I saw a paramedic's vehicle, I went to see what was going on and out popped all these ladies.

"I was amazed and took photographs."

MediForce, based in Slough, also said its driver would remain suspended until it had completed its probe.

In a statement it said it "acknowledged the seriousness of the incident and is continuing to conduct an investigation into the matter".

South Central Ambulance Service told BBC News: "We take very seriously inappropriate use of the ambulance service.

"We are working with our private provider to investigate the incident."

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