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‘Move your van’ note left on ambulance in Stoke-on-Trent


A woman left an abusive note on an ambulance dealing with a 999 call, ordering paramedics to “move their van”.

The writer said she did not care if “the whole street collapsed” and the crew had “no right to be parked here”.

The hand-written message was left on an ambulance in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, earlier.

Operational manager Mike Duggan said the paramedics also received verbal abuse.

He shared an image of the note on Twitter saying he was “very angry”.

Paramedic Katie Tudor tweeted Staffordshire Police asking:

Is there anything that can be done about this? It’s becoming a regular occurrence.

Ch Insp John Owen replied: “Officers are in the process of speaking to our @OFFICIALWMAS colleagues to obtain the full details from the crews at the scene.”

The note concluded with the words “now move your van from outside my house”.

One Twitter user replied:

They probably had to write ‘van’ because they were unable to spell ambulance. Hope they’re visited by Staffs Police and prosecuted.

Mr Duggan told the BBC he thinks people who abuse emergency staff need to be dealt with more “robustly”.

He said:

What is it going to take? Is one of us going to have to die before they take it seriously?

West Midlands Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team also blasted the note.

The team tweeted: “Unfortunately this appears to be acceptable behaviour in some small minded people’s minds these days #sadtimes.”

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5 Responses

  1. xobe says:

    People are more likely to this kind of attitude because they are close minded. They’re not thinking for any consequences it may cause as long they wanted to vent out their concern. Ambulance is the carrier of our lives and we should respect it. We don’t wanted to be ignored if it will happens to us.

  2. hetzky says:

    What a jerk. I bet she would be the first to complain if she had an emergency at her house but suffered due to ambulances having nowhere to park. Props to the ambulance drivers who managed to keep a cool head when faced with this waste of oxygen.

  3. hibiscus says:

    I thought it was interesting to say that they think people who abuse emergency staff need to be dealt with more “robustly”. I totally agree with the statement as a whole but its a bit aggressive for this situation. Yes, the note was asinine, but does this person really need to be “dealt with”?

    Either way, it is really discouraging to see that people view and treat emergency services this way.

  4. MomoStarr16 says:

    That’s what I called “Close Minded People”. They don’t think about others. Like they are the only people that needed to be alive and have permission on the things on earth. I hope she felt guilty after doing that thing. It’s annoying.

  5. that_guy says:

    What the hell? I couldn’t fathom what kind of person would write this. Ambulances are the reason why people get immediate medical attention. They do not drive around and park in places just for fun. They have a job to do and are doing us a service. That woman will regret her words once she faces a similar problem.

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