An A&E nurse who had just finished a gruelling 12-and-a-half hour shift says she felt "violated" after discovering her parked car had been stripped of its parts.

Demi Murphy, from Marston Green in Birmingham, found her Toyota Aygo had been targeted outside Heartlands Hospital, on Yardley Green Road, Bordesley Green, after returning to it on Thursday evening (June 25).

The 24-year-old, who qualified as a registered staff nurse only four-months ago, said the driver's window was smashed by thieves, which allowed them access to open the bonnet.

The attack is one of several to have happened to NHS workers during lockdown.

Demi Murphy had worked a 12-hour shift before discovering her car had been stripped of its parts. Credit: BPM Media

Demi, who graduated at Birmingham City University, said could not get into the hospital car park as the barriers were down. She parked on a residential road where she had previously parked as a student without an issue.

Her insurance company are liaising with a Toyota approved repair centre in Birmingham - but she will have to pay an excess of £500 to get it fixed.

I'd just done a 12-and-a-half hour shift in the heat, it was boiling hot in full PPE, looking after people and that's what you walk out to and the thanks that you get. I've now got no means of transport and no way of getting into work to help look after patients and this how we are repaid. It's just disgusting. I'm really devastated.

Demi Murphy

West Midlands Police are aware of the theft and are appealing to the public for CCTV or information.

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