Bike taken on hospital visit

Andrew Mason.
Andrew Mason.
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A nurse visiting his son in hospital had his bike stolen, less than 12 hours after receiving it from an NHS Cycle to Work scheme.

Andrew Mason had locked and secured his brand new wheels in the bike shelter at Blackpool Victoria Hospital while visiting his four-year-old boy Harry, who had broken his leg, overnight.

When he returned to the shelter the following morning, the bike and lock were missing.

Because the bike wasn’t insured, Mr Mason, of Lytham Road, Warton, must keep up his payments of £47 a month for the next year.

He said: “I hadn’t even had it for 12 hours, and it was pinched.

“I went to where I had left the bike and there was another one locked up in its place. There wasn’t even my bike lock left there.

“I went to the security officers in the car park and asked if it had been moved when I realised it had been stolen.

“The security officers were really good, they came straight down and went through the CCTV footage.”

Mr Mason, a charge nurse at Preston’s Ribbleton Hospital was told there was nothing on the footage to say where the bike, taken between July 29 and 30, had gone.

He added: “The company that I got it from say there is nothing they could do, and that I would still have to pay for it. It’s annoying because I was going to insure it and get it marked properly with the police once I had visited my son.”

Mr Mason, 30, said he was a keen cycler, but was having to use the family car now to get to work, restricting his wife and two children’s ability to get out.

A hospital spokesman said: “During the past 12 months, Blackpool Victoria Hospital has improved bike security at its site.

“We have made security changes to enhance our present secure cycle shelters and placed new CCTV cameras in certain areas. As part of the construction of the new multi storey car park and main entrance we are providing additional 60 individual secure cycle lockers for staff that will be covered by good signage and covered by CCTV.

“We work closely with the local police who offer crime prevention advice and free security cycle coding to all members of the public and our security officers are now able to offer a security marking service to any staff member.”

Police are investigating the theft.

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