Man arrested in connection with vandalised ambulance tyres

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An arrest has been made by officers investigating damage caused to ambulances in Thanet.

A 47-year-old man from Ramsgate was arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage to vehicles on two occasions. He was taken into custody this morning (April 1).

Kent Police is continuing to appeal for information after nine tyres were found to be damaged on six ambulances between 8pm on Saturday, March 21 and 7am the following day. Officers are also investigating a report that further damage was caused to three tyres on two ambulances overnight between 6pm on Saturday, March 28 and the following morning.

In both reports, the vehicles had been parked in Haine Road, Ramsgate.

District Commander for Thanet, Chief Inspector Ed Ruffle, said: “To cause damage to ambulances during a time when it is so important all medical resources are available, is deeply concerning and we are continuing to carry out additional patrols in the area.

“We thank those who have come forward already with information.

“Anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the Haine Road area, on either dates, is asked to call Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting 46/52297/20.”

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or using the anonymous online form at


  1. This individual if found guilty, should be made an example of, with a lengthy prison sentence to reflect the harm his crime may have caused.

    • If you were found guilty of wasting Police time what would you consider to be an appropriate prison sentence, if any, for the waster? What example do you think would be appropriate?

    • He should be publicly humiliated and given a suspended 10 yeat sentence with 5 years community service.

  2. Very pleased police have found a suspect in this appalling crime. I agree with DWS it will be in the public interest if this person is convicted of the crime to find out why he wanted to do such a thing. The maximum sentence available for criminal damage where there was an intentionally or recklessly attempt to endanger life is life imprisonment.
    Let’s hope the judge is not the usual type of snow flake but one who applies the full force of the law.

    • I agree. An example must be made of this criminally twisted individual. Jail time is the minimum, sectioning is a possibility. Who else but a deranged mind would do that at any time, let alone now?

  3. My dad called me up to tell me “some kids have vandalised the tyres on ambulances”. I asked him how he knew it was kids. “Well of course it’s some little yobs”. Yet again looks like it’s some twisted sociopath but for some reason young people are first to get the blame. This kind of crime smacks of a seriously deranged mind rather than a seriously bored one!

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