Surrey Police have launched a hunt for a maskless man after a video on social media shows people confronting hospital staff on a Covid critical care ward.
Surrey Police have released a photograph of Tobe Hayden Leigh, 45, from Maidstone, Kent, who is wanted in connection with a public nuisance offence at the East Surrey Hospital on Thursday 21st January.
Officers received a further report regarding offensive social media posts which had been shared, including videos of abusive comments being made towards life-saving hospital staff from the incident on the 21st.
Surrey police have said the video shows a number of people, some of whom were not wearing masks, gaining access to the Covid critical care ward to visit a family member.
The group were abusive towards hospital staff and were they were asked to leave, they refused to do so.
Officers attended the hospital and issued fines to two individuals involved in breaching covid restrictions. They also issued a breach of the peace warning which resulted in the group leaving the location.
East Surrey Detective Chief Inspector Kimball Edey said:
“We would like to speak to Hayden Leigh in connection with this incident, and the escalating abusive and threatening comments being made towards hospital staff on social media. These comments are extremely concerning, and are obviously causing considerable distress for those who are being targeted.
“The staff at the hospital, as are all NHS workers, are trying to care for desperately ill people in extremely challenging circumstances, and to be targeted and abused on social media in this way is simply unacceptable.”
Det Ch Insp Edey continued:
“We also need to track Hayden Leigh down as a matter of urgency due to the public health risk he poses. He came into close proximity with a patient who remains seriously ill with covid and may well have contracted the virus himself.
“We are appealing for any information and any help we can get from the public to find this man so that we can deal with him appropriately.”
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