Police appeal over hospital burglaries

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POLICE are urging the public to report any information they may have about a spate of burglaries at Bassetlaw Hospital.

Five burglaries have been reported at the hospital since 16th February. Among the items stolen are laptop and personal computers used by staff.

Although no patients have had belongings stolen, some have been indirectly affected by the burglaries.

One burglary resulted in the closure of the clinical therapy department for a short time.

The most recent burglary attempt was on Saturday 5th March, when the offender or offenders were disturbed.

However, they were in darkness and no clear description could be obtained.

Worksop neighbourhood policing team Sgt Neil Bellamy said urged anyone witnessing any suspicious activity in the hospital grounds to come forward.

“Even if they believe that what they saw was insignificant, it could prove to be instrumental in putting a stop to these burglaries and arresting those responsible,” he said.

“Aside from the value of the equipment stolen, the impact of the burglaries has a disruptive effect on the day-to-day running of parts of the hospital. That means that patients’ treatment could be adversely affected.”

A hospital spokesman said: “These burglaries have been a major disruption to staff and the patient care they provide. We urge anyone with any knowledge of these crimes to report them to the police as soon as possible. “

Anyone who has seen any suspicious activity around the hospital in recent weeks, or who knows anything about the burglaries, should telephone Notts Police on 0300 300 99 99, ext 807 7145 and ask for investigating officer Pc Simon Spooner.

Alternatively, they can telephone Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.