In an attempt to evade police after their robbery on a jewellers, thieves hijacked a nearby ambulance. With one driving and the others in the back, they set off with the sirens going. The gang members then discovered that the back was occupied with a heart attack victim, Kenneth Young, 62.
In a moment of compassion they decided to detour to the hospital and dropped Mr Young off into the hands of a nurse minutes later
An NHS spokesman berated the thieves as they had “clearly shaved 3 minutes off the average response time for 999 ambulances”
Ambulance Union representatives sided with the management “if the management see that this can be achieved, the average unit will have to do 2.3 more pick-ups every week and thats not acceptable for our members”
The patient survived and thanked the thieves but then, inexplicably, the power to his cardiac machine shut down