'Career criminal' Wayne Bradley jailed for Covid hospital thefts

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A serial thief who targeted hospitals and NHS staff during the coronavirus lockdown has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Wayne Bradley, 30, from Bartley Green, Birmingham "conned and tailgated" staff to gain access to unauthorised areas.

He stole a purse from Solihull Hospital and mobile phones from Birmingham Children's Hospital in April.

The "career criminal", already serving a Criminal Behaviour Order, admitted burglary at the city's crown court.

'Targeted most vulnerable'

Bradley was also linked to further offences committed at a care complex in Bournville and Birmingham Women's Hospital, as well as the theft of a laptop from a cardiac unit at the children's hospital.

One of the victims of his theft at the children's hospital confronted him, but Bradley managed to make excuses and run away, police said.

Sgt Julia Slater said: "Bradley is a callous and uncaring career criminal who has gone out of his way to deliberately target the most vulnerable in society.

"While the rest of the country was in lockdown doing all they could to stop the spread of the virus, he was going out to steal from those people most at risk, and most shocking of all, to steal from the selfless members of the NHS who were putting their own safety on the line to help save others."

Bradley pleaded guilty to five counts of burglary at Birmingham Crown Court on Wednesday and was sentenced for those offences and four breaches of his Criminal Behaviour Order.

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