Hospital staff warned to be vigilant after woman car-jacked in the Fens
STAFF at a hospital in the Fens are being warned to remain vigilant after a woman was car-jacked last month.
A female worker from King’s Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital was threatened by a stranger who jumped into her car and ordered to be driven to another town.
A spokesman for the NHS Trust said the woman was severely shaken but was otherwise unhurt and confirmed police are currently investigating the incident, which took place on Gayton Road, in Lynn, on September 9.
The woman was driving home and heading towards Gaywood at 5.10pm when a woman pedestrian jumped into her car close to the junction with Winston Churchill Drive.
The offender, believed to be in her 40s, then grabbed her clothing, swore and shouted at her and demanded to be driven to Downham Market, where she got out.
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The trust’s security management specialist, Gary Morris, said: “This matter is now in the hands of the police but is a reminder to all staff to remain vigilant and to take basic safety precautions – particularly locking your car doors when driving.
“This type of crime is on the increase. Although rare outside of cities and heavily populated areas, it clearly shows that drivers alone in an unsecured vehicle are at risk.”
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The trust’s spokesman added: “The incident is of concern with winter nights drawing in, and the potential for drivers to be taken by surprise under the cover of darkness.
“We are always concerned about improving staff safety so we have asked Gary for his top tips for safer driving.”