West Midlands Police have charged a teenager with criminal damage after several cars which were parked in a hospital car park had their tyres slashed.
One of the victims was a COVID nurse who had just finished a gruelling 12-hour shift, looking after critically ill patients.
Response Team officers responded to a call from security staff at QE Hospital in the early hours of yesterday morning (1 Nov).
The reports were that two males were trying car door handles in the hospital car park.
Officer arrived on the scene only minutes later and found at least four vehicles whose tyres had been punctured.
A 16-year-old boy from Weoley Castle was arrested and has now been charged with criminal damage, vehicle interference and going equipped to steal.
He has been bailed to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court on 16 November.
The boy has been given bail conditions which mean that he must live and sleep at a specific address.
He has also be subjected to an overnight curfew.
Birmingham Police Chief Inspector Sarah Tambling described the damage of key workers’ vehicles as “disgusting”.
“It’s truly shocking that vehicles belonging to NHS staff have been targeted.
“It appears offenders were trying door handles, and if they were unable to gain access were slashing tyres as an act of spite.
“Some of these victims are putting their lives on the line to save others…they deserve the respect and support of everyone.
“And it’s beyond belief someone would target their property while they are at work in a hospital.
“We won’t tolerate offences against key workers and offenders can expect to be charged and put before the courts.”
Officers are still trying to establish the identity of a second male who was involved in the incident.
Anyone with information is asked to contact West Midlands Police on 101 or message them on Live Chat via the website, quoting incident 719 of 1st November.
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