By Denna Bowman
Staff at the Devon Air Ambulance Trust have condemned vandals who slashed the tyres of two of its vehicles.
Tyres from the two cars were cut and punctured and the air ambulance said it would have to pay for the damage out of its own funds.
And the damage also threatens to disrupt its fundraising efforts which rely on using the cars.
Helena Holt, chief executive of Devon Air Ambulance Trust, said staff were angered by the incident.
She said: “We are extremely upset that this has happened to our vehicles.
“They are branded with our logo and name, so whoever did this damage knew very well the cars’ purpose.
“Devon’s Air Ambulance is very much in the heart and minds of the community — businesses and friends of Devon, who support us fantastically throughout the year.”
The cars are used by staff members for various tasks across the county, including attending events, giving talks, visiting volunteers, and picking up collection boxes.
It is not yet known when the tyres will be refitted and the cars returned to use.
Two other cars parked in the same car park in Sandpiper Court were also damaged in the attack.
Devon Air Ambulance had its cars vandalised in a similar incident three years ago in the same car park. Police say the attacks are unlikely to be linked.
The Devon Air Ambulance Trust has flown more than 15,000 times since it was launched in 1992.
Its aircraft attend emergency incidents throughout the county.
Every year the trust has to raise around £4m to keep its two helicopters airborne.
A police spokesman said there were currently no suspects regarding the attack and appealed for witnesses.
She said: “We are asking anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the Harrington Lane area of Pinhoe to come forward.”