A man has been jailed for 31 weeks after stealing an A&E receptionist's handbag at the George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton during the coronavirus pandemic.

Wayne Harvey, 32, appeared at Coventry Magistrates' Court on March 26 where he admitted to theft and assault

The incident took place at 5.40am on March 25, where Harvey, who was reported to be high on drugs at the time, went into the Accident and Emergency department before stealing the handbag from behind reception.

He then bit into a hospital security guard who attempted to stop him from escaping.

Warwickshire Police has described the crime as "despicable".

"These would have been despicable crimes at the best of times. However, given they were committed against hospital workers who are on the front line in protecting people from the global pandemic makes it even worse."

PC Nicola Cairns, Warwickshire Police

Wayne Harvey has now been jailed for 17 weeks for assault and a further 14 weeks for the theft, to be served simultaneously, as well as being ordered to pay a 149 pound victim surcharge.

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