A frontline nurse from Arnold has been left devastated after his new bicycle was stolen from the Nottingham City Hospital Campus.
Anthony Ndung’u, 30, had just finished a 12-hour shift not long after 7pm on Saturday, July 4 when he discovered an empty bike rack outside his home in Arnold. He said: “I was really upset to find my bike had gone. I only had only bought it a few days beforehand to help keep fit and had been finding that using it was really improving my wellbeing. I was going to start using it to bike to work but never got the chance.”
Mr Ndung’u migrated from Kenya eight months ago to take the job at the hospital and works on the admissions ward.
He says he works long hours, especially as a result of the coronavirus outbreak: “Patients come to our ward from A&E to determine which department in the hospital they will need to be treated on so one of the first things we have to do is screen them for the infection. It has been challenging and now to have my bike stolen is a real kick in the teeth.”
The incident comes after a series of incidents where bikes have been stolen from outside hospital locations.
In June, Robert Wilson, 33, of Rodwell Close in Beechdale, was jailed for 14 months for stealing eight bikes from outside the QMC and University of Nottingham Campus between 2 November 2019 and 25 March 2020.
Neighbourhood Police Sergeant Nicholas Wealthall said it’s disgraceful: “Our hospital workers are true heroes and should be praised for the work that they’re doing, not be subjected to crime.
“Mr Ndung’u is an example to us all – working around the clock every day in order to treat the sick, unselfishly risking his own health during the outbreak.
“We are doing everything we can to catch the person responsible for this crime and do what we can to get his bike back.”
A spokesperson from Nottingham University Hospitals said: “Nottingham University Hospitals are supporting Anthony with this incident. All of our staff are working incredibly hard, and crimes such as these against our staff are felt across the whole Trust. We thank Nottinghamshire Police for their continued help and support to Anthony.”
The bike (pictured) is described as a silver Carerra Crossfire bicycle and officers are appealing to anyone with any information that could help to call us on 101 quoting incident 495 of 6 July.
You can also call us on Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.