An ambulance has been damaged and a patient forced to wait fo a response after an object was thrown at the emergency vehicle as it travelled on blue lights.

The ambulance, which is based at Erdington Hub, was travelling on World zends Road in Handsworth at around 8.20am this morning (Saturday) when the incident happened.

The crew made up of a paramedic and two student paramedics were forced to pull over due to the damage to the windscreen and an alternative ambulance sent to the patient, which delayed the response to a suspected stroke patient by around 10 minutes.

Fortunately, the incident was captured on the ambulance’s CCTV supystem which will be provided to West Midlands Police.

Emergency Services Operations Delivery Director, Nathan Hudson, said: “It is difficult to comprehend why someone would do something like this.

“There is only one thing that an ambulance travelling on blue lights is doing and that is trying to get to a patient in need.

“Given where the damage is, I am just so glad that none of the crew were hurt. It doesn’t bear thinking about, what could have happened.

“We will work with the police to do everything possible to find the individual concerned so that they can be out before the courts.”