POLICE have branded the theft of the wheels from a nurse’s car while she was on duty at a Co. Armagh hospital as ‘disgusting’.
The vehicle was targeted by thieves while the nurse was working at Craigavon Area Hospital on Sunday.
Meanwhile the PSNI also revealed someone later attempted to steal two tonnes of cable from a building site at the same hospital.
In the first incident, the nurse parked her car at 7.20am and returned at 3pm to find it jacked up on blocks and the wheels missing.
“Our NHS colleagues do tremendous work, around the clock 24/7, 365 days a year,” PSNI Craigavon posted on their Facebook page.
“From long-term care to urgent life-saving interventions, they are so often the ones standing between us and death.
“It is particularly disgusting therefore to hear of an attack on one of our nurses at Craigavon Hospital, where all four wheels of her red Golf GTD were removed while she was at work, caring for those in need.”
'An attack on all of us'
In the second incident, thieves attempted to take two reels of cable from a building site at the hospital between 4.30pm yesterday and 7.45am today.
The two reels, both one-and-a-half metres in diameter and worth about £5,000, were found hidden nearby.
Police suspect it was stashed with the intention of being picked up on a second run.
“It’s horrendous for an NHS site to be targeted,” said PSNI Craigavon on Facebook.
“Any building work is only to improve public service and this is therefore not just an attack on builders and contractors, but on all of us.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting incident number 897 of 16/09/18 (wheel theft) or 194 of 18/09/18 (attempted cable theft).