NHS workers’ cars stripped of parts as they treat patients in hospitals

Vandals are damaging NHS staff's cars and stripping them of parts while they treat patients in hospitals.

Four sites have been targeted in south Wales in the past year, including Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Talbot Green, near Llantrisant.

A car bonnet and a grill was stolen from a white Citreon DS3 there on Thursday between 8.30am and 4.00pm, Wales Online says.

In a separate incident, a bonnet was also stolen off a white Ford Fiesta.

Ellie Kinson works at the hospital and was a passenger with her colleague in the Citroen.

She finished work and arrived at the car to see the window smashed so the bonnet could not be opened.

"My colleague parked her car in the car park around 8:30 roughly, and we finished work at approximately 4pm," the 25-year-old woman said.

"When she walked out, she noticed the window smashed and the whole front of the car was missing.

"There was a lady parked next to us who said she was in the car at around 3pm I but did not see anything out of of ordinary.

"The passenger side window was smashed to pop the bonnet. As you can see, it was ripped off completely.

"It's s a real problem at the moment and it would make people feel on edge to park there while at work.

"The hospital have now issued the picture on our main staff page and are trying to raise awareness."

A white Ford Fiesta also had its bonnet stolen earlier this week at the same hospital.

A number of cars parked outside outside Singleton and Morriston hospitals in Swansea and Princess of Wales in Bridgend, have been stolen in broad daylight.

Some of these Ford Fiestas are also being stripped of parts.

In another incident, a man had the entire front section of his Ford Fiesta, including the bumper and headlights, taken.

A spokesperson for Cwm Taf Morganwwg University Health Board, said: "We are deeply upset that our staff have experienced a crime such as this while coming into work.

"It’s extremely distressing for anyone to return to their car to find its external parts stripped and the car damaged.

“Incidents of vehicle crime at Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board sites are relatively low, but we ask any staff or visitors to our sites to remain vigilant against this type of crime. 

“Security Officers and Police Community Safety Officers continue to patrol our sites to help deter crime, and CCTV helps to record evidence of crime; however we ask anyone who suspects any suspicious activity not to intervene but immediately report the incident to the on-site security staff which they can do at our main reception or to the Police.”

A spokesman for South Wales Police said: "Police in Llantrisant are investigating the theft of a car bonnet and grill from a white Citroen DS3 which happened sometime between 8.30am and 4.00pm on Thursday (June 13) in the car park of the Royal Glamorgan Hospital.   

"Anyone who may have witnessed this theft or with any information concerning this incident is asked to contact South Wales Police on 101 and quote reference 1900213266."

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