Toys and DVDs snatched from children’s A&E

Toys and DVDs snatched from children’s A&E

CALLOUS thieves have stolen toys and DVDs donated by the public to the children's A&E unit at Dewsbury District Hospital.

The theft was discovered when a child in pain requested to see Disney favourite Frozen.

Nurses were appalled to find a cabinet donated by charity Starlight prized open, DVD cases empty and electronic toys snatched.

Sister Angela Jones condemned the thieves and said: "We are absolutely sickened.

"Children come in here with abdominal pain, shortage of breath from asthma and broken bones – how can you steal from them?"

It is the latest in a series of thefts including donated pushchairs, prams and soft toys.

Sister Jones said: "The DVDs and toys are really useful for distracting and soothing the children as they wait to see a doctor or get test results.

"It would be terrible if we had to take them away from the unit because some people choose to steal them."

The children's A&E unit supported more than 2,250 poorly children in January alone.

Chief insp Paula Booth, of Kirklees Police said: "These thefts are obviously upsetting for all those involved.

"We are asking anyone with information that could help us with our enquiries to contact police."

They can do so on 101 or through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting reference number 47165.

Hospital staff are now seeking donations to replace those items stolen. Anyone who can held is welcome to visit the unit and should ask for the sister in charge.

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