Thief strikes three times at hospitals

Police in Greater Manchester are hunting a man they believe is behind thefts at two hospitals.

They say he may have struck three times at the Manchester Royal Infirmary and Salford Royal Hospital.

Today they released CCTV of a man at the Salford Royal they think may be responsible.

On February 15 a mobile phone and wallets containing cash were stolen from a drawer on a ward at Salford Royal while a patient was having surgery.

Then on February 21 almost £100 was taken from a room on the same ward.

And on February 25 a phone was stolen while a 26-year-old patient was away from her hospital bed at the MRI.

PC Steven Hughes from GMP said: "Someone is deliberately targeting members of our community when they are at their most vulnerable and we are determined to bring this person to justice.

"They are deplorable and shameless acts and anyone who knows the person in the CCTV must do the right thing and call us."

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 5235, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.