We are greatly saddened that on Saturday 18th May, at around 11.17am, one of our volunteers’ was subject to a theft of his equipment whilst on shift at the RVI Leazes Wing. It was a very busy Saturday morning and our volunteer had just received two jobs but as he prepared to leave he had a request for go back inside for another urgent job. He went back inside to the reception desk to pick up the details of the additional job then returned to the blood bike to discover that his helmet and gloves had been stolen.
Not only has this theft cost our volunteer, as he will have to replace his equipment, it affected the service we provide. We are disgusted that somebody has done this to our volunteer, who is giving up his own free time to help save the lives of others, but potentially caused delay to the patients’ treatment. This took our volunteer out of operational service, whilst he changed over to a car to complete his shift, and the remaining volunteer had to cover jobs that came.
Hospital CCTV shows two scooters approach and stop by the blood bike. One rider steals the helmet and they both make off. They have stolen a LS2 flip front helmet in plain gloss white size 2XL, fitted with a Sena SMH5 Intercom/Bluetooth system and a pair of black leather RKS motorcycle gloves size 3XL.
If anybody has any information that would assist Northumbria Police with this theft please call 101, ask to speak to PC 2067 Darryl Philipps, Incident report number 3901/18.5.19