THIS is the moment a man tries to break into an ambulance while paramedics give medical attention to an elderly patient.
The dramatic scene was caught on CCTV in Blackpool, Lancashire.
Paramedics had been called to the scene on Wednesday [12 Aug] to assist a pensioner who had fallen after a fit, but instead ended up tackling the man who attempted to gain access to their vehicle.
The video shows the man dressed in dark clothing approach the ambulance which is parked next to a bus stop.
The man begins to inspect the vehicle by first looking through the driver’s window then walking to the back doors.
After appearing to check nobody is around, he opens the driver’s side door.
Suddenly, the back door of the ambulance bursts open and two paramedics run to apprehend the man.
A struggle breaks out as the two paramedics try to wrestle him from the door.
They eventually manage to pin the man to the floor, restraining him as there as a stunned family walk past.
A spokeswoman for Lancashire Police said: “A 51-year-old man from Blackpool was arrested on suspicion of theft and possession of a class B or C drug.”
“He was released under investigation pending further enquiries.”
Adding to this a spokeswoman for North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) on Friday said: “We were called to an incident on Dickson Road, Blackpool on 12 August at 15:02 to reports of a male who had fallen ill.”
“Whilst caring for the patient in the back of the ambulance, a male attempted to gain entry into the cab.”
“With help from members of the public the male was apprehended, the police were notified and the male was arrested.”
“The patient was taken to hospital with no further injuries and we are doing everything we can to support our crew and assist the police in their investigation.”