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Ambulance attacked on 999 mission

A brick was hurled through the windscreen of an ambulance, "putting lives at risk", as it responded to an emergency call.

The attack in Greenhithe, Kent, was described as incredibly irresponsible and dangerous by South East Coast Ambulance Service.

Two crew members suffered cuts from the flying glass and the ambulance had to be taken out of service.

They were going to help someone with breathing difficulties.

David Dixon, of South East Coast Ambulance Service, said the incident "endangered the lives of the crew who were responding to someone in need of medical assistance".

The consequences of having something thrown through the windscreen could have been catastrophic
Det Insp Neil Parker

He added: "Lives were further put at risk as the vehicle was not able to respond in the time immediately after the incident.

"If anyone has any information we'd ask that they contact the police immediately.

"Whoever is responsible for this incident needs to realise the seriousness of their actions."

The attack took place in London Road last Sunday. Details have just been released.

Det Insp Neil Parker said: "As the ambulance was responding to an emergency call the consequences of having something thrown through the windscreen could have been catastrophic, not only to the occupants but to any passengers or the person they were due to attend to."

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