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URGENT APPEAL: Catalytic converters stolen from NHS staff

Wednesday 13th January 2021

HOSPITAL staff looking after COVID-19 patients have become victims of callous car thieves.

The criminals waited until the NHS heroes were on shift before stealing catalytic converters from their vehicles.

Police say the offenders have left key workers without a mean to get to work and support their families.

No suspects have been identified however officers are conducting enquiries to establish the full circumstances.

A Kent Police spokesman said: "The vehicles, which belonged to staff at Darent Valley Hospital, are understood to have been targeted while they were parked in Darenth Wood Road between 8am and 5.30pm on January 11 2021."

Inspector Sarah Rivett said: "Vehicle crime has a big impact on victims, who are left with costly repairs on top of having difficulty getting to work and supporting their families.

"It is particularly unpleasant that the offenders of this case think nothing of stealing from key workers who are providing exceptional care during a time of unprecedented difficulty and demand."

Anyone who may have seen something suspicious in the area, or who was driving nearby and believes their dash cameras have caught something suspicious, is asked to call 01474 366149 quoting 46/6159/21.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers in Kent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or complete the online form at