NHS worker couple finish 12-hour Royal Stoke shifts to find car smashed up


An NHS worker couple have been left devastated after finishing busy shifts to discover cruel vandals had smashed up their car.

Nursing assistant Philip Mathew and his nurse wife were stunned when they returned to Philip’s vehicle after a gruelling 12-hour day to find the window had been shattered with a brick.

The Nissan Qashqai had been parked at the Royal Stoke University Hospital when it was targeted in broad daylight yesterday (August 1).

Now 45-year-old Philip faces a hefty repair bill.

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The dad-of-two parked his car at 7.30am and got back at 7.30pm following his shift in the vascular surgery ward.

Philip, from Stoke, said: “I parked my car in the morning before my shift at 7.30am. It was a long, hard day. I came out and found that my car had been vandalised.

“The side window had been broken with a big stone on the hospital car park, but I don’t think anything was stolen.

“I was shocked, I never expected this to happen at my work place. I couldn’t believe it, I feel so bad.

“Work is very hard at the moment as we are still dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

“It was very disheartening to come out and see that after a long shift.”

Philip has reported the damage to the police and hopes they will be able to find those responsible.



Philip Mathew’s car window was smashed at the Royal Stoke University Hospital car park

He added: “I can’t drive it now as the window needs to be repaired. My wife will have to drive us to work now. It’s had a big impact on our lives.

“I don’t know how much the repairs are going to cost, but I rely on my car a lot with having two children.

“I reported it to the police yesterday, but I don’t know if they will be able to find the person responsible. They said I need to call the security at the hospital and see if they have any CCTV.

“I hope the police can find the criminal responsible.”

Staffordshire Police say inquiries are ongoing.

A spokeswoman said: “We were called at 5pm yesterday to reports that a window of a vehicle on the Royal Stoke University Hospital car park had been smashed.”

Anyone with information should message Staffordshire Police on Facebook or Twitter quoting incident number 542 of 1 August, call 101 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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