The theft of an NHS worker's bike as she worked a hospital shift in Newcastle has been described as 'shameless'.

The worker, a member of the Royal Victoria Infirmary ’s surgical management team, finished her shift on Thursday, March 26 and looked for her bike – her ride home – only to discover it had been stolen.

The theft was reported to police officers and it is understood the bike was taken at about 4.40pm on that day.

Police are now are appealing to the public to help identify the man pictured in the CCTV image as he was in the area at the time and may be able to help officers with their investigation.

Investigating Constable Graeme Newton said: “This is a disgusting crime. Given the current lockdown, the thief would have known there was a very high chance the bike belonged to a key worker.

“This was the victim’s chosen transport to and from work and she was crushed to discover, after her long shift, that someone would be so cruel as to steal her bike knowing it was likely how an NHS employee got to and from work.

“The theft of another person’s transport to work is always a selfish crime but to steal from an NHS worker in the midst of a pandemic is shameless.”

Anyone with information that could help is asked to email PC Newton at [email protected] quoting log 816 26/03/20.

You can also report online or contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.