‘Move Your Van’: Woman Arrested After Note Left on Ambulance

February 19, 2018 Updated: February 19, 2018

A woman has been arrested after allegedly putting a note on a parked ambulance outside her house and making comments to paramedics attending to an emergency.

The note, which told the drivers to “move your van from outside my house” caused a stir after British paramedics posted it to Twitter on Sunday, Feb. 18.

The next day, although no complaint had been officially lodged, local police announced that they had tracked down the 26-year-old woman and arrested her for a Public Order offense.

In addition to the 37-word note, the ambulance service said that she was verbally abusive.

The West Midlands ambulance had parked in the street on Sunday, Feb. 18, in the city of Stoke-on-Trent while paramedics attended a call.

When they returned they found a note, which said the following:

“If this van is for anyone but Number 14 then you have no right to be parked here.

“I couldn’t give a [explitive] if the whole street collapsed. Now move your van from outside my house.”

Paramedic mentor for the West Midlands Ambulance Service, Katie Tudor, posted the note to Twitter on Sunday afternoon.

“So upset to be sent this by one of our crews this morning!” she wrote. “Along with this note left on their [ambulance] they received a load of verbal abuse.”

She later added: “They weren’t blocking the road, they were in a parking space … just obviously annoying someone that an ambo was outside their property.”

The ambulance service was flooded with comments of support.

“Feel free to drive over my lawn and break the sprinklers if that’s what you heroes need to do your job. Pathetic that you should ever have to see a single sign like that,” wrote Twitter user Mike Haydon in a typical post.

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An ambulance makes its way through the streets of London on Oc. 7, 2017. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Another Twitter user by the name of Andy, had a note of his own:

“Dear ALL Emergency Services. If and when needed please feel to block my driveway, car or anything else for that matter. If you want a brew.. the kettle is always on. Need the loo? No problem. Kind Regards, Just one of the majority of folk.”

On Monday morning, in a statement on Twitter, Staffordshire police confirmed that the woman, 26, had been arrested for a Section 5 public order offence.

Such offenses include “persistently shouting abuse or obscenities at passers-by.”

“To avoid any confusion, the arrest relates to matters of verbal abuse that could constitute an offence under the Public Order Act. It does not relate solely to the note,” wrote Chief Inspector for Stoke-on-Trent North, John Owen, on Twitter.

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