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Trust to run awareness sessions for staff after surge in vandalism incidents

Craigavon Area Hospital

Staff at both Craigavon and Daisy Hill Hospitals will be given the opportunity to attend awareness session following the surge of vandalism.

The move follows several high profile attacks on vehicles belonging to staff nurses at Craigavon Hospital.

One nurse had all four of her alloys stolen as she worked a shift, while earlier this week one nurse came out following a 13-hour stint only to find her vehicle had been keyed and a note branding her a “crap selfish parker” slapped on her windscreen.

Speaking to Armagh I at the time, Ciara Mallon, an angry and disbelieving A&E nurse, said: “I was shocked and very upset. Nothing like this has ever happened me before, but I don’t know about whether it’s happened in the car park before.”

The despicable actions of those involved have been condemned by the PSNI, who have appealed for witnesses and information to catch those responsible.

Police have branded the incident as a “disgusting” attack on someone whose job had been saving lives, by someone taking exception to her parking.

Meanwhile, a spoksperson for the Southern Trust, said: “We are very concerned about the recent vandalism to vehicles on the Craigavon Area Hospital site and have been working with the PSNI to investigate these incidents.

“Security is a priority around the site. We continue to remind staff and contractors of how to improve their own personal security and have arranged for PSNI to come to both Craigavon and Daisy Hill hospitals to host awareness sessions with staff, patients and visitors.”

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