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NHS Workers' Cars Vandalised As They Battle Coronavirus On Front Line

NHS Workers' Cars Vandalised As They Battle Coronavirus On Front Line

NHS workers who were treating patients on the front line amid the coronavirus pandemic have had their cars vandalised.

Dr Alec Watson, who triages people suspected of having Covid-19 over the phone at King's Cross Hospital, Dundee, was alerted to damage to his vehicle at around 10.45am yesterday (Sunday 22 March).

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He found the front passenger window of his Volvo V40 had been completely smashed, leaving glass strewn across the centre's car park.

Another car, understood to be a senior nurse's, was also vandalised at around the same time.

Dr Watson had his window smashed in by vandals. Credit: Cascade/Dundee Courier
Dr Watson had his window smashed in by vandals. Credit: Cascade/Dundee Courier

Dr Watson - who has been working extra hours to help with the crisis - branded the culprit's actions 'appalling' and said he will now have to take a taxi to work while the repairs are fixed.

He said: "We are hugely busy at the moment with coronavirus and this is the last thing we need. I'm semi-retired but have been working more to help ease the pressure.

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"The passenger window was completely smashed, although nothing was taken as I don't keep valuables in the car.

"I was taken out of my busy work for an hour to speak to the police. It's appalling that someone has done this, especially during this time."

A spokesman for Police Scotland confirmed officers are following a number of lines of investigation.

He said: "Officers were made aware of two vehicles which were broken into in the area around Kings Cross Hospital around 10.20am on Sunday March 22.

"Inquiries are ongoing and officers are following a number of lines of investigation."

Meanwhile, nurse Hollie Coates finished her shift in the A+E department at James Cook Hospital, Middlesbrough, to find her window smashed in too.

Hollie Coates finished her shift in the A+E department to find her car vandalised. Credit: Facebook/Hollie Coates
Hollie Coates finished her shift in the A+E department to find her car vandalised. Credit: Facebook/Hollie Coates

She shared a picture of the damage in a post on Facebook which read: "So after finishing a shift at James Cook I've come out to my back window being smashed in. Just wanting to warn all staff to be careful where they are parking.

"This is particularly upsetting at a time when we are all working above and beyond and doing extra shifts during annual leave to pull together to fight this nasty and life threatening virus."

Mercifully, if the above has made your faith in humanity well and truly slip away, Hollie has had some good news since.

Thankfully a Good Samaritan repaired Hollie's windscreen free of charge. Credit: Facebook/Hollie Coates
Thankfully a Good Samaritan repaired Hollie's windscreen free of charge. Credit: Facebook/Hollie Coates

Mick Belford, who works for Kwikscreens in Sunderland, has repaired her windscreen completely free of charge, meaning she'll be able to get back to her vital work without delay.

Now that's the proper way to treat our invaluable NHS workers.

It's okay to not panic. LADbible and UNILAD's aim with our Coronavirus campaign, Cutting Through, is to provide our community with facts and stories from the people who are either qualified to comment or have experienced first-hand the situation we're facing. For more information from the World Health Organisation on Coronavirus, click here.

Featured Image Credit: Cascade/Dundee Courier

Topics: uk news, Coronavirus, NHS

Jake Massey

Jake Massey is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from Newcastle University, where he learnt a bit about media and a lot about living without heating. After spending a few years in Australia and New Zealand, Jake secured a role at an obscure radio station in Norwich, inadvertently becoming a real-life Alan Partridge in the process. From there, Jake became a reporter at the Eastern Daily Press. Jake enjoys playing football, listening to music and writing about himself in the third person.

 

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