HANDS OFF 999 HE­ROES XMAS TIPS

Bosses nab mys­tery Santa gifts

Daily Star - - FRONT PAGE - By ALEXAN­DER BROWN [email protected]­lystar.co.uk

SCROOGE am­bu­lance bosses are forc­ing paramedics to hand over fes­tive tips.

A “mys­tery Santa” has been pin­ning Christ­mas cards with £10 notes or vouch­ers for cof­fee and dough­nuts to emer­gency ve­hi­cles.

The cards thank the NHS he­roes for their work and tell crews they are “awe­some”.

But staff have been or­dered to hand in the fes­tive bonuses be­cause the iden­tity of the bene­fac­tor is un­known.

And one fu­ri­ous worker claimed the move had hit morale and left paramedics an­gry.

He said: “The pow­ers that be are be­hav­ing like Scrooge.

“This money is clearly left as a thank-you present. Our pay and work­ing con­di­tions have suf­fered in the cut­backs, so the crews thought this was a won­der­ful ges­ture by who­ever it is leav­ing the money.

“Morale is low enough as it is and this has only made it worse.”

Am­bu­lance bosses fear the cards, which have ap­peared in Lon­don and Sur­rey, were put up by a pri­vate busi­ness.

A spokesman for the Lon­don Am­bu­lance Ser­vice said: “In com­mon with other pub­lic sec­tor or­gan­i­sa­tions, we have strict rules and guide­lines around the ac­cep­tance of mon­e­tary gifts.”

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A GLAM­OUR model was caught drink-driv­ing as she “strug­gled” to cope with the end of her ca­reer as a top pin-up.Holly Peers, 32, failed a breath test af­ter she drove on a motorway lane closed for road­works at 1am.Peers was stopped on the M60 near Sal­ford af­ter a night out. She yesterday ad­mit­ted drink-driv­ing at Manch­ester Mag­is­trates’ Court. Her lawyer Stephen Con­nor said: “Work is dry­ing up and she is strug­gling.’’Peers was banned from driv­ing for 12 months.

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