A man has been arrested by police following "extremely disappointing" attacks on Kent ambulances last month.

Nine tyres on six vehicles were deliberately damaged overnight between March 21 and 22 in Thanet, Kent.

Damage to three tyres on two ambulances overnight on March 28-29 is also being investigated, Kent Police said.

In both reports, the vehicles had been parked in Haine Road, Ramsgate.

On Wednesday, police announced that a 47-year-old man from Ramsgate had been arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage to vehicles on two occasions and taken into custody this morning.

Detectives continue to appeal for information over the vandalism, which came despite paramedics and other NHS staff facing huge pressure as they battle the coronavirus outbreak.

Despite the damage between March 21 and March 22, maintenance staff working "tremendously hard" were able to get the vehicles back in service with minimal disruption, the South East Coast Ambulance service said at the time.

The service added: "It is extremely disappointing that an individual would target the ambulance service in this way, at a time when the vast majority of the public have been fantastically supportive of our staff during these difficult times."

District Commander for Thanet, Chief Inspector Ed Ruffle, said: "To cause damage to ambulances during a time when it is so important all medical resources are available, is deeply concerning and we are continuing to carry out additional patrols in the area.

"We thank those who have come forward already with information.

"Anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the Haine Road area, on either dates, is asked to call Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting 46/52297/20."