Police have launched an investigation after two doctors had parcels stolen from their doorstep while they tended to patients during lockdown.

Dr Ben Noble was working as a duty doctor at the Woodbrook Medical Centre in Loughborough when a thief stole four packages from his doorstep in Attenborough, East Midlands, police said.

His wife Hannah, who is also a GP, was working from home at the time, but did not realise what was happening because she was on the phone to a patient who was mentally unwell, Nottinghamshire Police added.

The force has released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incident, which happened at around 4.40pm on 4 May.

One of the stolen parcels, which contained a number of drink bottles, was found nearby.

Father-of-two Dr Noble said: It’s incredulous that someone would steal parcels from your doorstep and what’s even more galling is that it happened in broad daylight.

It’s just so bad that someone could do such a thing during these difficult times.

Dr Noble is also a primary care cancer lead for the NHS East Midlands Cancer Alliance and won an award last year for an online tool he created to help spot symptoms early.

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Inspector Simon Riley, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: This is a despicable theft from two NHS key workers.

It’s appalling to think that during the COVID-19 crisis some people are still seeking and taking opportunities to commit crime and cause unnecessary stress on people in what is already a difficult time.

If anyone recognises the man in the CCTV image or has any information, they are asked to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 734 of 4 May 2020, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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