Stealing of UK Ambulance Parts 'Puts Lives at Risk'
Lives are being put at risk by thieves stealing catalytic converters from ambulances, Gwent Police have warned.
In the last two months, four ambulance service vehicles in the region have been put out of action due to the parts being stolen from them.
The force said tiny amounts of precious metals inside catalytic converters make the equipment attractive to thieves.
Officers are investigating all reported incidents. Following the theft of three exhaust systems in Pontypool and Abercarn on Tuesday evening, a 20-year-old man from the Upper Race area was arrested on suspicion of theft from motor vehicles. He has since been bailed pending further enquiries. Superintendent Glyn Fernquest said: "I find it despicable that ambulance service vehicles have been put out of action due to this criminal activity - innocent lives are being put at risk due to the greed of thieves.
"Storage yards or warehouses storing fleet vehicles have been targeted because the thieves can steal from multiple vehicles.
"We have given crime prevention leaflets to owners of such premises in Gwent, but all owners of vehicles with a high ground clearance need to be aware.
"Some thieves are quite brazen and may target vehicles which are parked in a public place, or even the owner's driveway overnight."
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