Bosses of private ambulance service are arrested

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Two Bedfordshire directors of a private ambulance service have been arrested on suspicion of theft of medical equipment from the NHS.

Police arrested a man and a woman, both aged 45, from Marston Moretaine last Thursday.

A male and a female were arrested and released on police bail after interview.

A quantity of equipment, including medical drugs, were removed from the offices of Thames Valley Ambulance Service in Milton Keynes.

The company, originally founded as a family business, hires out private ambulances and paramedic services to the organisers of private events all over Bucks and Beds.

They work alongside the NHS to provide patient transport in emergency situations.

They also transport patients privately from all over the UK and abroad.

The company’s website states it is a “ well respected business” with a reputation for outstanding customer satisfaction.

A spokesman for the company told the T&C: “Somebody has a vendetta against us and is causing trouble. We’ve done nothing wrong and we hope police will realise that.”

She said business was continuing as normal despite the arrests. Meanwhile the ambulance service is facing problems with the Care Quality Commission, which is responsible for its regular inspections.

A special notice on the CQC website this week states: “Action is being taken against the provider of this service.”

The notice adds that the action is protect the “safety and welfare” of people who use the serv ice.

A spokesman for Bedfordhsire police has this week confirmed that a warrant under the Theft Act was executed at the premises of Thames Valley ambulance Service last Thursday.

She said: “The same day, a 45-year-old man from Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, was arrested on suspicion of theft.

She added” A 45-year-old woman from Marston Moretaine, was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods.”

The spokesman said both people had been released on police bail while police made further enquiries.