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Six ambulances taken off the road by tyre driller

Attack: Vehicles had to be taken off the road after destruction amid the crisis PICTURE: STEVE FINN PHOTOGRAPHY

PARAMEDICS fighting the pandemic were put out of action after a vandal drilled holes in their ambulance tyres.

Six vehicles were taken off the road in Ramsgate, Kent, on Sunday — as its ambulance service warned it was already under significant pressure.

‘Just when you thought this country couldn’t get any worse, someone comes along and drills holes in our ambulance tyres,’ a paramedic posted online after the attack at a preparation centre. Janine Compton, of South East Coast Ambulance Service, said: ‘Our fleet staff have worked tremendously hard to ensure that the impact on our patients was minimal.

‘It is extremely disappointing that an individual would target the ambulance service in this way, at a time when the vast majority of the public have been fantastically supportive.’

Police are investigating.

Volunteer army supplies hungry hospital staff on the front line

A GROUP of volunteers have set up a catering service to provide free meals for front-line staff at a major hospital.

Critical NHS delivers three times a day to St George’s Hospital in Tooting, south London. Niall Barrett and Janneke Diemel started it on Thursday after a nurse asked for ‘a box of biscuits or something the staff can snack on’.

An appeal raised £22,000 in four days. Mr Barrett said nurses were too busy to buy food, or outlets had closed.

‘Our first run was 20 pizzas,’ he said. ‘The nurses loved that, they were so appreciative. And then it kept growing.’