A doctor dealing with Covid-19 care and major trauma at Nottingham’s City Hospital has spoken out after his customised bike was stolen while he was on shift.
Dr Iyare Nehikhare, who works in the Intensive Care Unit, used his black B’Twin French road bike (as pictured) to get to and from work but now he has to find another way.
Nottinghamshire Police force is now investigating the case and is appealing for witnesses to come forward.
Dr Nehikhare said: “I was so shocked and aghast that someone had the audacity and was in such a desperate state to steal my bike from a hospital bike cage.
“There are vulnerable people who work in our institution and it would have saddened me even more if this had happened to them instead of me. It could have been anyone’s bike that was stolen.
“It’s not so much the cost burden of my bike being stolen it’s how proud I am of it. The value is in how much I appreciate it and how much enjoyment I get from it.
“I’ve been planning to go on rides with friends and colleagues in the weeks ahead now lockdown measures have been eased to allow this. That’s one of the biggest burdens of my bike being taken but I’m not going to cancel anything, I’ll just have to hire another bike.”
Dr Nehikhare, who lives in the Mapperley area and also works at the Queen’s Medical Centre, is now planning how get to work without his cherished bike.
He added: “I’m lucky that I work with such a great team at the hospital. They’ve taken on some of the pain I’ve felt as well and have been really supportive, not just providing sympathy but also giving me lots of advice.
“I’m appealing to anyone who recognises my bike or has any information that could help the police to find it and those responsible for taking it to please come forward.”
Dr Nehikhare’s bike was taken from a bike cage at the City Hospital site between 7.35am and 8pm on Tuesday (30 June 2020).
Enquiries are ongoing, including checking for CCTV opportunities, as officers continue to work hard on finding those responsible.
It comes as the National Health Service (NHS) prepares to celebrate its 72nd anniversary tomorrow (Sunday 5 July 2020) with members of the public encouraged to take part in a nationwide ‘Thank You NHS clap’ at 5pm tomorrow.
Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cooper said: “Stealing a bike in itself is bad enough, but to steal from an NHS worker in these difficult times when they are doing so much for all of us is truly despicable.
“Our colleagues in the NHS are doing an amazing job and are still putting themselves at risk every day in the fight against Covid-19. To think that someone would think it’s okay to steal a bike – the very mode of transport they use to get to that job – is shocking.
“We are urging any witnesses, anyone who has any information about this theft or who has been offered a bike or bike parts for sale to please get in touch. If you know someone who is suddenly in possession of a new bike, similar to the one described, please let us know.”
Anyone who has any information which could help police with their investigation is urged to please call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 800 of 30 June 2020, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.