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Nottingham hospital bike thieves jailed

|News, Violent crime

Two Nottingham drug users have been jailed for breaking into bicycle stores at the Queen’s Medical Centre Hospital in Nottingham and stealing bikes from NHS staff.

David Moran (35) and Aaron Lancaster (29) targeted the secure bike compounds at the hospital. On the night of 25 March, they broke into stores around the hospital campus.They cut through security locks to steal five high-value bikes and two cycle helmets belonging to NHS staff working the night shift.

Hospital staff discovered the raid on finishing their shifts the next morning, with others discovering the theft of their bikes when they came back to the campus.

Both were arrested at Lancaster’s home on 27 March in possession of some of the stolen bikes. Lancaster assaulted the police officer making the arrest and Moran threatened to spit in the arresting officer’s face.

Both pleaded guilty to burglary, theft, assaulting an emergency worker and obstructing a police officer at a hearing at Nottingham Magistrates Court on 30 March. They were today (29 April) each sentenced to a total of two years and ten months in prison.

Janine Smith from the CPS said: “This was a callous raid, targeting NHS staff working a busy night shift. We have made clear to the court the devastating impact of this crime on the victims, and this has been reflected in the sentence.

“These defendants took power tools to the hospital and spent a considerable time on the campus planning the thefts. They could have been in no doubt of the hurt their actions would cause with the additional pressures caused by COVID-19 cases in the hospital, but they went ahead nonetheless.

“It is heartening to hear the community’s support for the victims. It is important that these defendants face the consequences of their actions. They left people stranded at work after long, difficult shifts and unable to rest while they dealt with the impact of the theft. We have made it clear to the court that the motive these two had for causing this disruption to NHS staff at such a critical time was simply to fund their drug habits.

“Having committed these offences to then attack and threaten to spit at the officer making the arresting adds an additional level of seriousness to the offending, which we have asked the court to deal with on top of the burglary.”

As well as the attack on the QMC, Moran was sentenced for the theft of a bike from a cycle delivery courier, leaving him unable to work and for stealing a bike from the grounds of a school on a previous occasion. Lancaster was in breach of a suspended sentence for separate offences.

Notes to editors

  • Janine Smith is Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS East Midlands
  • Both were sentenced two years and four months for the raid on the Queens Medical Centre. Moran was sentenced to an additional six months for assaulting an emergency worker. Lancaster received an additional three months for his assault on the police officer and a further three months for breaching his suspended sentence.

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