Man who stole NHS worker's bike from outside Gloucestershire Royal Hospital jailed for 16 weeks

Credit: Gloucestershire Live

A man who admitted stealing an NHS worker's bike from outside Gloucestershire Royal Hospital has been jailed for 16 weeks.

Michael O’Neill from Gloucester pleaded guilty to the theft when he appeared at Cheltenham Magistrates Court on 11 June.

The 46-year-old had been arrested on warrant and taken to the court after failing to appear.

As well as his jail sentence he has also ordered to pay £155 compensation.

The bike was stolen bike from outside Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. Credit: ITV West Country

Police say the bike had been left locked up at the hospital’s bike shed on a site off Great Western Road at the start of the nurse’s shift on 10 May.

Officers were able to track down the bike the same day and return it to the victim.

Inspector Ed Burn from Gloucestershire Constabulary said: "The victim had just completed a long shift at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital when she realised her bike had been stolen".

This is an appalling crime against an emergency worker, caring for people during the pandemic. I would like to thank the community who worked with police to swiftly identify the thief.

Inspector Ed Burn