Gwent PC’s handbag stolen as she had emergency op after Cefn Fforest incident

VICTIM: PC Amanda Smith recovering at home after being injured while on duty then having her handbag stolen while being treated in the Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport

VICTIM: PC Amanda Smith recovering at home after being injured while on duty then having her handbag stolen while being treated in the Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport

First published in Gwent news

A POLICE officer injured in the line of duty had her handbag stolen while she was undergoing emergency surgery.

PC Amanda Smith, 39, suffered numerous injuries after being called to a disturbance in Cefn Fforest, Blackwood, on August 12, where she and another officer were allegedly assaulted.

Two men, aged 41 and 18, from the Blackwood area, were arrested on suspicion of assault and are currently on bail.

After weeks of pain, she went to Neville Hall hospital, Abergavenny, where it was discovered that her urethra was damaged, although it is not yet clear if this injury was sustained in the assault She was transferred to the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport and booked in for an emergency operation at 10.55am on October 9.

She said: “Just before the operation, I said to the lady who was taking me to theatre that I was not happy about leaving my bag in the locker next to the bed, but she said it would be fine.

“At about 2.30pm, I returned from surgery and I asked my friend to get my bag, and that’s when we realised it had disappeared.”

PC Smith’s bag contained her warrant card, her purse, which had just £16 in it, perfume, her driving licence, paperwork and toiletries.

The mother-of-five said: “My bag had everything in it, and it’s going to cost close to a grand to replace it all. Who can afford that in the run-up to Christmas?

"I love this job, I’ve been doing it for 15 years, but they had to put me on anti-depressants after the assault. I don’t knowwhat else can go wrong."

A Royal Gwent spokesman said: “Our security department did visit the patient and took a report.

They then conducted a thorough search of the ward area and adjoining corridors and have now reported back to the patient.

“We are extremely sorry that this theft has taken place and will continue to keep the patient informed about our efforts to locate the bag.”

Anyone with information on the theft, or who saw anything suspicious, should call 101.

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2:41pm Thu 18 Oct 12

Lucha Libre says...

PC Smith’s bag contained her warrant card, her purse, which had just £16 in it, perfume, her driving licence, paperwork and toiletries.

The mother-of-five said: “My bag had everything in it, and it’s going to cost close to a grand to replace it all.

That must of been some **** expensive perfume if it's going to cost a grand to replace all that was in the bag.
I'd phone the police and report it if I was you!!
PC Smith’s bag contained her warrant card, her purse, which had just £16 in it, perfume, her driving licence, paperwork and toiletries. The mother-of-five said: “My bag had everything in it, and it’s going to cost close to a grand to replace it all. That must of been some **** expensive perfume if it's going to cost a grand to replace all that was in the bag. I'd phone the police and report it if I was you!! Lucha Libre
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7:00pm Thu 18 Oct 12

Limestonecowboy says...

Perhaps PC Smith didn't want all the contents to be published & she's probably off work recovering - how sympathetic (& sarcastic) you really are!! (not).
Perhaps PC Smith didn't want all the contents to be published & she's probably off work recovering - how sympathetic (& sarcastic) you really are!! (not). Limestonecowboy
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9:14pm Thu 18 Oct 12

county mad says...

Doesn't matter what was in there its still a despicable act to steal patients belongings .Thieving scum
Doesn't matter what was in there its still a despicable act to steal patients belongings .Thieving scum county mad
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8:49am Fri 19 Oct 12

SUNSHINE ON A CLOUDY DAY says...

I have been in hospital a few times and have said that bedside (( LOCKERS )) should be able to be locked.
Hope things look up for you Amanda
I have been in hospital a few times and have said that bedside (( LOCKERS )) should be able to be locked. Hope things look up for you Amanda SUNSHINE ON A CLOUDY DAY
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10:26am Fri 19 Oct 12

Gareth says...

Lucha Libre wrote:
PC Smith’s bag contained her warrant card, her purse, which had just £16 in it, perfume, her driving licence, paperwork and toiletries.

The mother-of-five said: “My bag had everything in it, and it’s going to cost close to a grand to replace it all.

That must of been some **** expensive perfume if it's going to cost a grand to replace all that was in the bag.
I'd phone the police and report it if I was you!!
Hey Lucha, just for future reference:

If you, your daughter, mother or sister has belongings stolen whilst undergoing emergency surgery, I assume we have your permission to have a very cheap laugh at your expense?

After all, human misfortune is nothing but an opportunity for glib retorts.
[quote][p][bold]Lucha Libre[/bold] wrote: PC Smith’s bag contained her warrant card, her purse, which had just £16 in it, perfume, her driving licence, paperwork and toiletries. The mother-of-five said: “My bag had everything in it, and it’s going to cost close to a grand to replace it all. That must of been some **** expensive perfume if it's going to cost a grand to replace all that was in the bag. I'd phone the police and report it if I was you!![/p][/quote]Hey Lucha, just for future reference: If you, your daughter, mother or sister has belongings stolen whilst undergoing emergency surgery, I assume we have your permission to have a very cheap laugh at your expense? After all, human misfortune is nothing but an opportunity for glib retorts. Gareth
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10:30am Fri 19 Oct 12

Dolieboy says...

Figures state that Gwent has lowest crime figures in England and Wales, maybe they just steal from the Police.

Never mind, you can claim on your insurance.
Figures state that Gwent has lowest crime figures in England and Wales, maybe they just steal from the Police. Never mind, you can claim on your insurance. Dolieboy
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11:57am Fri 19 Oct 12

SUNSHINE ON A CLOUDY DAY says...

Lucha Libre wrote:
PC Smith’s bag contained her warrant card, her purse, which had just £16 in it, perfume, her driving licence, paperwork and toiletries.

The mother-of-five said: “My bag had everything in it, and it’s going to cost close to a grand to replace it all.

That must of been some **** expensive perfume if it's going to cost a grand to replace all that was in the bag.
I'd phone the police and report it if I was you!!
Did you steal the bag Lucha ? your comment makes you sound like the type that would.
[quote][p][bold]Lucha Libre[/bold] wrote: PC Smith’s bag contained her warrant card, her purse, which had just £16 in it, perfume, her driving licence, paperwork and toiletries. The mother-of-five said: “My bag had everything in it, and it’s going to cost close to a grand to replace it all. That must of been some **** expensive perfume if it's going to cost a grand to replace all that was in the bag. I'd phone the police and report it if I was you!![/p][/quote]Did you steal the bag Lucha ? your comment makes you sound like the type that would. SUNSHINE ON A CLOUDY DAY
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1:05pm Fri 19 Oct 12

stowhill says...

A grand??! *cough* I don't think so. You'd think a copper of all people would realise that going around with a handbag worth a grand or with a grands worth of contents in Newport is just asking for trouble.
A grand??! *cough* I don't think so. You'd think a copper of all people would realise that going around with a handbag worth a grand or with a grands worth of contents in Newport is just asking for trouble. stowhill
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1:46pm Fri 19 Oct 12

SUNSHINE ON A CLOUDY DAY says...

I don`t think it matters what she had in her bag ( although if she had keys it`s not cheap to get locks changed), I think the only important thing about this story is her bag was stolen because some low life decided to take it.
I had a bag stolen once in total the items including cash came to no more than £30 but replacing cards etc is hastle and most important of all was photos and a poem I had written to my 11 year old son who was killed the week before,I was heartbroken even though I could write the poem again it was the fact that someone was reading something so personal.
So before you scum steal a bag remember its not the money that is so important its the personal items we may have in there.
I don`t think it matters what she had in her bag ( although if she had keys it`s not cheap to get locks changed), I think the only important thing about this story is her bag was stolen because some low life decided to take it. I had a bag stolen once in total the items including cash came to no more than £30 but replacing cards etc is hastle and most important of all was photos and a poem I had written to my 11 year old son who was killed the week before,I was heartbroken even though I could write the poem again it was the fact that someone was reading something so personal. So before you scum steal a bag remember its not the money that is so important its the personal items we may have in there. SUNSHINE ON A CLOUDY DAY
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6:18pm Fri 19 Oct 12

Independentvoter says...

Thats disgusting !!! PC Smith attends a disturbance - gets assaulted - sustains personal injury in her line of duty - requires urgent surgery - then has her personal belongings stolen while undergoing the operation. Neville Hall Hospital has CCTV just hope it extends to the wards. A warning should go out to all the pensioners in the area just in case the thief poses as a PC at their doorstep. Any normal decent human being would thank PC Smith for making our communities a safer place and also wish her a speedy recovery !!!!
Thats disgusting !!! PC Smith attends a disturbance - gets assaulted - sustains personal injury in her line of duty - requires urgent surgery - then has her personal belongings stolen while undergoing the operation. Neville Hall Hospital has CCTV just hope it extends to the wards. A warning should go out to all the pensioners in the area just in case the thief poses as a PC at their doorstep. Any normal decent human being would thank PC Smith for making our communities a safer place and also wish her a speedy recovery !!!! Independentvoter
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7:03pm Fri 19 Oct 12

Lucha Libre says...

Independentvoter wrote:
Thats disgusting !!! PC Smith attends a disturbance - gets assaulted - sustains personal injury in her line of duty - requires urgent surgery - then has her personal belongings stolen while undergoing the operation. Neville Hall Hospital has CCTV just hope it extends to the wards. A warning should go out to all the pensioners in the area just in case the thief poses as a PC at their doorstep. Any normal decent human being would thank PC Smith for making our communities a safer place and also wish her a speedy recovery !!!!
It happened in the Royal Gwent not Neville Hall..
An alleged disturbance?
[quote][p][bold]Independentvoter[/bold] wrote: Thats disgusting !!! PC Smith attends a disturbance - gets assaulted - sustains personal injury in her line of duty - requires urgent surgery - then has her personal belongings stolen while undergoing the operation. Neville Hall Hospital has CCTV just hope it extends to the wards. A warning should go out to all the pensioners in the area just in case the thief poses as a PC at their doorstep. Any normal decent human being would thank PC Smith for making our communities a safer place and also wish her a speedy recovery !!!![/p][/quote]It happened in the Royal Gwent not Neville Hall.. An alleged disturbance? Lucha Libre
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9:11pm Fri 19 Oct 12

The Red Claw says...

PC Smith is also subject of discrimination which has yet to be noticed. If she had been a member of the public reporting that a handbag, purse or wallet had been stolen under similar circumstances, it would very likely have been treated by police as a case of ‘lost property’ to prevent yet another reported crime being recorded. I also don’t think that anyone ‘had’ to place her on anti-depressants.
PC Smith is also subject of discrimination which has yet to be noticed. If she had been a member of the public reporting that a handbag, purse or wallet had been stolen under similar circumstances, it would very likely have been treated by police as a case of ‘lost property’ to prevent yet another reported crime being recorded. I also don’t think that anyone ‘had’ to place her on anti-depressants. The Red Claw
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