Yobs spray graffiti on an ambulance in Bridport

AUTHORITIES have condemned an attack on an ambulance in Bridport.

Now townspeople are being asked to come forward to help identify those responsible.

Graffiti including the word ‘liar’ was sprayed on the vehicle in what was described as an ‘appalling and senseless act of vandalism’.

Dorset Police are investigating criminal damage to the ambulance which was parked in Corbin Way, Bradpole. Police are working with the City Council to tackle anti-social behavior in Bridport.

Bridport Town Clerk Will Austin said: ‘This is an appalling and senseless act of vandalism, and we need to know who did it – not so we can criminalize it, but to make sure they understand the implications of what they have completed.

“This ambulance will no doubt have had to be taken out of service while the graffiti has been removed which means we have one less ambulance locally available for this period. Someone has put lives at risk and I urge anyone having information to contact Dorset Police.”

A Dorset Police spokesman said: ‘We received a report at 9am on Sunday February 27 of criminal damage involving graffiti sprayed on an ambulance which was parked at Corbin Way in Bridport between 10pm on Saturday February 26 and 7 a.m. on Sunday February 27.

“Investigations into the incident are ongoing. No arrests have been made at this time.”

The spokesperson added: “We are committed to working with our partners, including Bridport City Council, to tackle anti-social behavior in the area and encourage anyone who encounters such behavior to report it to the police.

“These reports help us create an intelligence picture across the region of where anti-social behavior is occurring and direct patrols to any areas where anti-social behavior is increasingly being reported.”

A spokesperson for the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) said: ‘Unfortunately one of our ambulances was downgraded in Bridport over the weekend.

“This anti-social behavior is unacceptable, and repairing the damage is unnecessarily straining NHS resources at a time when it needs them most. This ambulance was back on the road very quickly, thanks to the hard work of our colleagues.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police www.dorset.police.uk/do-it-online, email [email protected] or call 101, quoting occurrence number 55220032796.

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