Youths attack air ambulance

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MINDLESS yobs smashed the window of the air ambulance whilst it was grounded overnight with a technical fault.

The air ambulance had been called out after an 11-year-old boy received a spinal injury whilst playing mini rugby at the Vale of Lune on Powderhouse Lane, Lancaster.

However, crews were forced to leave it there overnight after it developed a fault and was unable to leave the scene.

Whilst the helicopter was waiting to be fixed, a side window was smashed by youths who then fled the area.

Lynda Brislin, Chief Executive of the North West Air Ambulance charity said: “Although this mindless act of vandalism cost the charity money, our primary concern is that the air ambulance was not in operation for a day.

“Although, thankfully, we were able to rely on our other helicopter – the consequences could have been much greater than just a broken window.

“We rely on the support and kindness of the general public to allow us to operate, which is why I would urge anyone who has any information about this to get in touch with the police.”

See The Visitor (28-02-12) for full story.