Rolex stolen from dying patient at Chichester hospital

David Davies with dog Image copyright Sussex Police
Image caption David Davies's watch was stolen while he was being treated in the hospital resuscitation area

A £5,000 Rolex watch was stolen from a dying man as doctors worked to resuscitate him, police have said.

David Davies, 68, from Birdham in West Sussex, was taken to St Richard's Hospital in nearby Chichester with a serious heart condition on 7 August, but died a short while later.

His watch was stolen while he was being treated in the resuscitation area next to A&E, Sussex Police said.

Mr Davies's son John said the family was "devastated" about the theft.

'Family heirloom'

Appealing to anyone with information to come forward, he said the family "cannot believe that this has happened during our time of grief".

"David dearly loved the watch and its loss has added to the stress and grief that the family are already going through," he said.

A search of the area and checks with staff on duty failed to locate the watch, a Sussex Police spokesman said.

Det Con Mark Burgess said: "This is a silver Submariner Rolex, valued at some £5,000, but, even more importantly, was treated as a family heirloom having been in the family since 1985.

"If you have any information about the theft, or if you have been offered such a watch locally since last Thursday, we would very much like to hear from you."

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