7th Dec, 2016

Vandals cause 'thousands of pounds' of damage to Coventry doctors' surgery

Coventry Editorial 21st Apr, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A COVENTRY GP surgery has been the victim of a spate of attacks by vandals – just six months after a £1 million renovation.

Stones have been thrown at the Forrest Medical Centre, off Prior Deram Walk, on at least five separate incidents causing a large meeting room window at the side of the building to be shattered.

Thanks to it being made of specially laminated safety glass, the window has not smashed completely, but the damage could cost the surgery thousands of pounds to fix.

The vandalism come just six months after Forrest Medical Centre reopening following a £1.2 million renovation which combined services previously offered at the medical centre’s former Mount Street and Canley surgeries.

Matthew Grant, managing partner at the surgery, told the Observer: “We had a partner’s meeting and education session on the evening of April 11 when we heard a large bang and saw the window pane had been shattered.

“A few days later a trainee GP was having a training session in the room when another stone was thrown at the window.

“They looked out the window and saw people running away, but couldn’t identify them because of the cracks in the window.”

Police are treating the incident as criminal damage and are appealing for anyone to call 101 with any information.

“We have been in Canley for many years and feel we are part of the community that we serve,” Mr Grant added.

“There are always going to be one or two people in any area who want to cause some damage.

“But if someone threw a big enough stone at the window hard enough and it broke while people were in the room, the shards of glass really could really hurt people.

“We just want to focus on providing a good service to our patients without being distracted by things like this.”