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Dying Man's £5k Rolex Watch Stolen In A&E
A dying man had his £5,000 Rolex watch stolen while doctors were attempting to rescuscitate him in a hospital A&E department.
David Davies, 68, died shortly afterwards and his devastated family say the theft of the heirloom has compounded their grief.
He was taken by ambulance to St Richard's Hospital in Chichester, West Sussex, during the early hours of August 7 suffering from a serious heart condition.
Police said while Mr Davies, from Birdham, West Sussex, was being treated in the resuscitation area next to the A&E department, his watch was taken.
The area was searched and checks were made with staff on duty, but the watch could not be found.
Mr Davies' son John said: "As a family we are devastated at the loss of David and cannot believe that this has happened during our time of grief.
"We would appeal to anyone who has information about the missing watch to come forward.
"David dearly loved the watch and its loss has added to the stress and grief that the family are already going through."
The Western Sussex Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust extended its sympathy to Mr Davies' family and said it was doing everything it could to help police.
Detective Constable 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."
:: Anyone with information can call 101, quoting serial 0385 of 7/8, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.