New blow for paramedic
VANDALISM of the car used by the community paramedic for Ramsey, which stopped after a report in The Hunts Post, has begun again. Ree Taylor, who lives in Field Road, says lives are being put at risk, after she found the car had its tyres slashed on Thurs
VANDALISM of the car used by the community paramedic for Ramsey, which stopped after a report in The Hunts Post, has begun again.
Ree Taylor, who lives in Field Road, says lives are being put at risk, after she found the car had its tyres slashed on Thursday.
"Fortunately, I did not have an emergency call out. But I am really fed up about this and at my wits' end as to what to do."
Ms Taylor was offered car parking at Ramsey Police Station but that would add four minutes to her response time, which she says could mean the difference between life and death. She is now hoping that CCTV cameras can be put up in the road.
By March, when the damage was reported by The Hunts Post, vandals had already caused £500 worth of damage to the car. She said at the time: "It's not just me, it happens to a lot of people round here. It now happens so often that I know some of my neighbours have even stopped reporting it to the police."
The previous week, she said she had been unable to attend a call to a potentially life-threatening situation because her car had to be repaired.
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Between last August and March this year, every Friday or Saturday night, either her personal car, a Honda 4x4, or her work car, which is marked as an emergency vehicle, was targeted, with vandals snapping off wing mirrors and slashing tyres.
Ms Taylor said: "I just drives me mad. I am frustrated and confused why people would want to do this. These people are now interfering with the emergency services."
Ramsey Councillor, Ray Powell said: "I am totally disgusted. None of us knows when we might need help from an emergency vehicle and this one is clearly marked. I shall be taking up this matter with local police officers."
A police spokesman said: "The damage to the paramedic's vehicle is being investigated and we are aware of the high level of incidents in Field Road."
A spokesman for Huntingdonshire District Council said permanent CCTV cameras were unlikely to be placed on Field Road but vans with cameras were likely to be used there over the coming months.