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Another thief has been jailed for stealing bikes from Nottingham NHS workers

Third thief to have been convicted after Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham suffered spate of thefts in March

A man who stole eight bikes locked up outside the Queen's Medical Centre and the University of Nottingham campus has been jailed for 14 months. When police approached 33-year-old Robert Wilson to arrest him, he pushed the arresting officer over and tried to cycle away.

The Nottingham Post reports that the thefts occurred between November 2, 2019 and March 25, 2020.

PC John Jackson, from Nottinghamshire Police's Prison Handling Team, said: "We clearly wanted to track down who'd been committing these thefts over the course of around four months and we are glad we were able to track down the person behind it.

"Wilson showed no regard for other people and thought himself above the law by the way he tried to evade officers. This sends the message out that we take all reports of crime seriously and investigate them robustly to bring offenders to justice."

In April, two other bike thieves – 35-year-old David Moran, and 29-year-old Aaron Lancaster – were jailed for two years and 10 months for a bike stealing spree outside Queen’s Medical Centre between March 16 and 18.

Moran threatened to "knock out" the arresting officer after assaulting an emergency worker and also threatened to spit at an officer once detained.

We featured a number of reports of bike thefts from outside the Queen’s Medical Centre around this time.

David Hicks, the husband of an NHS worker said on Twitter that his wife Karen Grace had been “caring for three coronavirus patients on their deathbed” when her bike was taken.

Dan Harvey had also been treating coronavirus patients when he finished a shift at 2am to find his bike had been taken.

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ktache | 3 years ago

I am pleased that another bike thief has been detained and it would seem that justice has been done.

It would now be nice if other police forces, and the rest of the criminal justice system, would take bike theft seriously and not just for the bicycles belonging to our wonderful medical staff.

Spokesperson replied to ktache | 3 years ago

Good to see that the bizzies are paying attention in some areas. I heard the other day that youngsters are being targetted for their bikes while riding, and are being pushed off and their bikes stolen. Up to five a day in some parts. This is a pretty terrifying statistic, especially if, come September, we want youngsters to cycle to school. I would support a national bike registration scheme (similar to BikeRegister) at point of sale and voluntarily, so the scandalous theft and sale-on of bikes can be stemmed to some extent. By the way, where are our extra 20,000 bizzies, Johnson?

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