Page last updated at 17:18 GMT, Sunday, 9 August 2009 18:18 UK

Gang hurls bottle into ambulance

The smashed ambulance window
The bottle was thrown as the crew treated an elderly woman

A gang of youths hurled a bottle of alcoholic drink through an ambulance window while medics were treating an elderly woman.

Glass and the remains of the drink, Buckfast, hit the two crew and their 70-year-old patient in the incident near Banknock in Stirlingshire.

A spokesman for the Scottish Ambulance Service branded the attack an "absolute disgrace".

The woman was taken to Stirling Royal Infirmary in another ambulance.

The attack happened at about 1525 BST

The ambulance service spokesman said: "This incident is an absolute disgrace and could have resulted in serious injury to both the ambulance crew and the elderly patient in their care.

"Unfortunately this sort of drink-fuelled behaviour is becoming more prevalent and we will continue to take every available measure to protect our staff and patients."

The ambulance had been requested by a doctor, and it was not a 999 call.

Central Scotland Police said officers responded quickly but, by the time they arrived, the gang had scattered.

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