Off-duty ambulance technician targeted by thief

09 August 2018

North Yorkshire Police and Yorkshire Ambulance Service are appealing for information after an off-duty Emergency Medical Technician's personal belongings were stolen as she helped someone who had fallen ill.

It happened at the ASDA supermarket on Brompton Road in Northallerton at around 4pm on Monday 6 August.

She had left her purse and car keys in a shopping basket to give emergency treatment to a fellow shopper and help them into an ambulance, but when she returned, her belongings had disappeared.

Pete Summerfield, Locality Manager at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said: "I'm appalled that one of our team has been targeted in this way whilst helping a member of the public. As you would expect, she is very upset about what happened and we're doing everything we can to support her.

"If anyone saw what happened, we would encourage them to get in touch with North Yorkshire Police as soon as possible."

Officers are reviewing CCTV footage and they have released a description of a woman who was seen leaving the supermarket shortly after the incident.

The woman is described as white, approximately 70 years old, around 5ft 9ins tall, of slim build and with dark hair in a ponytail. She was wearing a white top and was carrying several carrier bags from various stores.

Anyone who has information which could help the investigation is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Alex Bilby. You can also email or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Please quote reference number 12180145161 when sharing information.

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