A BUILDER is distraught after his van was broken into while he was visiting his dying mother in hospital.
Barry Edmondson rushed to Hillingdon Hospital on Saturday night, after staff called to say Edith Edmondson had taken a turn for the worst.
After sitting by her bedside all evening, Mr Edmondson returned to the car park off Pield Heath Road to find his van had been broken into and his tools stolen – leaving him with a £1,500 bill.
“I’m just disgusted with it, targeting a hospital car park like that,” he said.
“Anyone visiting a hospital has enough on their plate already.”
Mr Edmondson immediately contacted the hospital’s security officers and called the police.
“There’s CCTV but the quality is so bad you can’t even tell what they’re driving, never mind see the number plate,” he said.
“What’s the point of having CCTV if you can’t even see anything?”
He said the thieves drove through the car park barrier after obtaining a ticket to leave. Parking is free for the first 10 minutes.
“They were so quick they just drove in and straight back out,” he said. “I’m absolutely gutted.”
His mother, who lived in Cowley, died on Tuesday last week.
A spokesman for Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust commented: “As a busy acute hospital, we take the security of our staff, patients and visitors extremely seriously and during 2013 we have only had one other reported break in to a vehicle on the site.
“We have 70 CCTV cameras covering the main areas around Hillingdon Hospital.
“However, because the site is so large, there will be some areas where CCTV coverage is not as good as in others, particularly at night time.”
The police tried to enhance the footage to help decipher the registration, but the camera was too far away.
Mr Edmondson’s tools were not covered by his insurance and he has pay to pay around £1,000 to replace them a week before Christmas.
The damage to his van cost £400 to repair, which he has paid for himself.
He said it was not worth claiming for the repairs through the vehicle insurance, which would mean losing his no claims bonus.