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Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Attempted robbery of hospital worker outside Queen’s Medical Centre

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A hospital worker was assaulted after man attempted to steal her car keys as she left work for the day.

Police were called after a man had approached the woman in the car part at Queen’s Medical Centre and asked her to hand over her car keys at around 1.20am on Wednesday 7 April.

When the victim refused, it is alleged that the man became aggressive and assaulted the woman before security guards came and restrained a suspect who was subsequently arrested.

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Lee Fletcher, 36, of Bulwell appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Thursday 8 April) charged with attempted robbery in connection with the incident.

Detective Sergeant Jonathan Kerry, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Robbery and attempted robbery are serious offences and we will always look to take appropriate action against offenders.

“This incident would have undoubtedly been terrifying for the victim. Thankfully she was not seriously injured but with all reports of violence, there is always the potential for more serious consequences.”

Dr Neil Pease, Chief People Officer at Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust, said: “We have a zero tolerance stance on abuse or harassment towards our staff, who have worked tirelessly and in incredibly difficult circumstances throughout the pandemic.

“As a trust we have a range of support in place for staff affected by incidents of violence, abuse or harassment.

“To the very small minority who are in any way abusive towards our staff, we want to remind you that this will not be tolerated and we will work with the police to pursue prosecutions where appropriate.”

Fletcher has been remanded in custody pending his next court appearance