Update: Police increase patrols around Kettering General Hospital after pair of robberies

Kettering General Hospital (file picture)

Kettering General Hospital (file picture)

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Police have stepped up their patrols around Kettering General Hospital after two robberies in as many days in the car park.

Visitors and staff at the hospital have been targeted by robbers, with a member of staff suffering serious injuries in an attack on Thursday, March 27.

It follows a first incident, at about 1.40pm on Wednesday, March 26, in which a man got into his vehicle before an unknown man also got in, sitting on the passenger seat – and stealing money from the driver.

The second incident, just before midday on Thursday, saw a member of staff at the hospital assaulted and robbed as he walked to his car. He suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Part of the car park was cordoned off by police investigating the robberies.

Det Insp Alistair Reynolds said: “Patrols at Kettering General Hospital have been doubled up today and we would ask members of the public who see anything suspicious around the hospital to contact us as soon as possible.”

High visibility police patrols have also been carried out at the hospital following the incidents.

A spokesman for Kettering General Hospital says it is assisting officers with their investigations and is urging its staff to be vigilant and report anyone acting suspiciously directly to the police.

Det Sgt Paul Powell, who is leading the investigation for Northamptonshire Police, said officers believed they were linked.

He said: “These are highly unusual offences, but we have implemented high visibility patrols at the hospital to reassure both members of the public and hospital staff.

“We would also appeal for anyone who has any information about either of these two incidents to contact us as soon as possible.”

The man who carried out the first robbery is described as white, in his late 20s or early 30s, about 5ft 10in, slim, with a gaunt face and a long nose. He had short black hair and was wearing multi-coloured trainers and a blue tracksuit jacket featuring the logo ‘T60’.

The man in the second robbery was also described as being in his late 20s or early 30s, between 6ft and 6ft 5in and clean shaven. He was wearing a cream top which was zipped up to the top.

Witnesses to these incidents, or anyone with any information, can call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.