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Hero ambulance medic stops moped muggers in their tracks

A BRAVE emergency medical technician turned crime-fighter when he intercepted two men on a moped trying to steal a woman’s purse and phone at a garage forecourt on Swandon Way in Wandsworth at 7.45pm on Friday evening (23 September).

Have-a-go-hero Sandy Gibb from the London Ambulance Service’s Joint Response Unit had just got a coffee and returned to his car when he heard the woman in the car behind him screaming.

Sandy explained: “I jumped out and one of the men ran away. I grabbed the moped and the other man came off. He dropped the phone and purse and I rushed over to seize the keys from the bike. He also then ran off.”

Sandy, who is back at work, sprained his arm during the incident.

He said: “I couldn’t stand back, my instinct took over. I know I needed to help her and I would do the same again.”

The victim bought Sandy a big box of chocolates to say thank you.

Assistant Director of Operations Graham Norton said: “I commend Sandy for his courage. Our staff are incredibly caring and compassionate and Sandy’s actions show how brave they are as well. They go above and beyond for Londoners every day.”

Wandsworth Police applauded the EMT and tweeted: “Responded to @LAS_JRU LX medic tonight, intervened when saw female have purse stolen #SwandonWay by male on moped. Purse and moped recovered.”

Any witnesses or anyone with any information that can assist police should call 101. To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit


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