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Woman steals from dying man after telling hospital staff she’s his daughter


A thief stole a dying patient’s belongings from a hospital after convincing staff she was his daughter.

Police are hoping to locate a woman who turned up at Wolverhampton’s New Cross Hospital saying she was the daughter of a terminally ill man, who has since died.

She then collected the patient’s wallet, bank cards and keys to his house and left with them on August 26.

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The mistake only came to light when the man’s real daughter visited him in hospital a few weeks later.

West Midlands Police have now issued a CCTV image of a woman wearing a short black dress who officers wish to trace in connection with the theft.

A force spokesperson said:

“The woman who took his personal belongings has not returned and we’re now appealing to trace her.

“If you have any information we’d urge you to get in touch.”

A Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust spokeswoman said:

“We have a zero-tolerance approach to crime and a robust Trust policy to make sure our patients and their belongings are safe, and that our security measures are strong and regularly assessed.

“Thankfully, such criminal acts are very rare and we are working with the police to help trace the woman.”