Mark Manley, 35, was jailed for six months at the Croydon Magistrates ‘Court for stealing an ambulance in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis
A man was jailed for stealing personal protective equipment (PPE) from an ambulance as the coronavirus crisis continues and escalates rapidly in Britain.
Mark Manley, 35, with no fixed address, has been imprisoned for six months at the Croydon Magistrates ‘Court for stealing equipment from a stationary ambulance and assaulting a security guard, police said.
Police said they pleaded guilty to the offenses.
Officers said they were called at 9:19 p.m. on Saturday to reports that a man had flown in an ambulance near Guy’s Hospital on St Thomas Street, south-east London.
When questioned by security personnel, the police said that the suspect had assaulted one security officer and had racially abused another.
He had taken a bag of PPE from the vehicle, police said.
The items taken included masks, paper coveralls and hand gel, some of the items no longer usable due to contamination.
The man was arrested by security guards and patrolled by the British transport police.
Items taken from the ambulance included masks, paper coveralls and hand gel and were no longer usable due to contamination
Police said he was arrested on suspicion of theft, actual bodily harm and a race offense aggravated by public order.
He was taken to a South London police station where he was charged with motor vehicle theft, an offense under section 4 of the Public Order Act (causing fear or provocation of violence) and of an offense against the law of public order aggravated by race.
Manley was imprisoned on Monday at Croydon Magistrates ‘Court, according to Scotland Yard.
Police said he was also charged with assaulting an emergency worker in connection with the security guard, who suffered non-fatal facial injuries.
Emergency workers are doing all they can right now as the coronavirus crisis shows no signs of stopping across the country.
Manley was jailed on Monday at Croydon Magistrates ‘Court, according to Scotland Yard
The UK recorded 563 coronavirus deaths on Wednesday, making it the worst day to date in the devastating COVID-19 crisis.
The increase brought the total death toll to 2,352 in the country – Wednesday’s surge was 48% higher than the increase of 381 the previous day and pushed the total up 31% in one day.
And 29,474 people are now tested positive for COVID-19. The United Kingdom is the fifth hardest hit country in Europe and the eighth in the world.