Vandals attack man’s car while he visits cancer stricken wife in hospital

VICTIM: Andrew Denning inspects his damaged car

VICTIM: Andrew Denning inspects his damaged car

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A WEYMOUTH man has hit out at vandals who damaged his car whilst he visited his wife in hospital.

Andrew Denning, 44, parked his burgundy Volkswagen Golf in Cambridge Road, a residential area near Dorset County Hospital on Friday from 4pm until 7.30pm.

Upon returning to the car he found that the back window had been smashed. Nothing had been taken from the vehicle.

His wife, Tanya, was in the hospital undergoing an operation which saw a stent put on her kidney as a result of a growing tumour which can’t be removed.

She was diagnosed with breast, lung, kidney, armpit and stomach cancer three and a half weeks ago.

Reacting to the break-in, Andrew said: “How can someone do that?

“They don’t realise what people are going through.”

Andrew said he called 101 as it wasn’t a major emergency.

“As luck would have it however, a police vehicle passed by soon after.”

Andrew caught their attention and informed them about what happened. Officers then began to make house to house enquiries.

He said: “The police seem to think it might have been because there was a football scarf in the back window.

“I’m 44. I’ve always had Sunderland stickers in my car.”

Andrew, a prison custody officer for GEOAmey, said he has never experienced any trouble like it before.

He said: “I don’t think it’s right that someone do that in broad daylight.

“I know it happens because I work in the court service.

“I will have to claim on my car insurance on it and lose nine year’s no claims and watch my insurance go through the roof.”

Andrew said he would have to fix the car over the weekend to allow him to take Tanya for chemotherapy tomorrow.

Tanya successfully fought breast cancer 12 years ago.

Andrew said she will battle it again.

He said: “It’s one of those things. We’ve come to terms with it.

“She’s going to fight it all the way.”

A spokesman for Dorset Police confirmed the matter had been reported and they were aware of the incident.

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8:47am Mon 12 May 14

MaidofDorset says...

Perhaps someone doesn't like you parking in 'their' spot when they get home from work.
Perhaps someone doesn't like you parking in 'their' spot when they get home from work. MaidofDorset
  • Score: -19

11:23am Mon 12 May 14

cj07589 says...

How very sad Mr Denning has plenty to deal with, without putting up with this mindless vandalism. There are some thoroughly nasty oxygen thieves in our midst.
How very sad Mr Denning has plenty to deal with, without putting up with this mindless vandalism. There are some thoroughly nasty oxygen thieves in our midst. cj07589
  • Score: 21

12:32pm Mon 12 May 14

Top Gear says...

Safer to park in the hospital car park. You can get free passes in some cases as I have done before.
Safer to park in the hospital car park. You can get free passes in some cases as I have done before. Top Gear
  • Score: 10

3:00pm Mon 12 May 14

Crimbo says...

Perhaps he should have worked out the potential risk and associated costs of avoiding paying the fee in the hospital car park before parking on a public road...
Perhaps he should have worked out the potential risk and associated costs of avoiding paying the fee in the hospital car park before parking on a public road... Crimbo
  • Score: -25

3:49pm Mon 12 May 14

dogloverdorset says...

re the comments above , you do not expect a car to be vandalised in broad daylight in Dorchester ! It is very expensive to park at the hospital, even if you can find a place, and they don't tell you about giving free parking unless you happen to complain - I visited my mother twice daily for three weeks when she was dying before they thought to mention it,,,
re the comments above , you do not expect a car to be vandalised in broad daylight in Dorchester ! It is very expensive to park at the hospital, even if you can find a place, and they don't tell you about giving free parking unless you happen to complain - I visited my mother twice daily for three weeks when she was dying before they thought to mention it,,, dogloverdorset
  • Score: 22

3:56pm Mon 12 May 14

7drawers says...

Parking in the hospital is much easier said than done!
Parking in the hospital is much easier said than done! 7drawers
  • Score: 21

4:27pm Mon 12 May 14

PurpleHeadedDragonLady says...

van·dal·ism
noun
Deliberately mischievous or malicious destruction or damage of property.

The cars back window has been smashed, nothing taken....how does he know it was vandalism?
Maybe a passing vehicle hit the back window, perhaps unknowingly!
Its an annoying to have had this happen but there is nothing in the news article that explains why its vandalism.
I do hope his wife makes a full recovery from the awful disease that she is fighting.
van·dal·ism [van-dl-iz-uhm] noun Deliberately mischievous or malicious destruction or damage of property. The cars back window has been smashed, nothing taken....how does he know it was vandalism? Maybe a passing vehicle hit the back window, perhaps unknowingly! Its an annoying to have had this happen but there is nothing in the news article that explains why its vandalism. I do hope his wife makes a full recovery from the awful disease that she is fighting. PurpleHeadedDragonLady
  • Score: 1

4:42pm Mon 12 May 14

MaidofDorset says...

Mr Denning, I am sorry that you are having to deal with this vandalism when you have much more important things in your life at the moment.

Unfortunately there are a few people in Victoria Park who do not like non residents parking in their street. I have previously been accosted by someone who presumed I was hospital staff when I was actually visiting a friend who lived in the road.

Apparently some people have come back to their cars and found nasty notes under the windscreen.

As the population continues to rise and more and more patients visit a Hospital with no room for enlargement, the park and ride only running as far as the Council offices then I guess the parking will be an even bigger problem.
Mr Denning, I am sorry that you are having to deal with this vandalism when you have much more important things in your life at the moment. Unfortunately there are a few people in Victoria Park who do not like non residents parking in their street. I have previously been accosted by someone who presumed I was hospital staff when I was actually visiting a friend who lived in the road. Apparently some people have come back to their cars and found nasty notes under the windscreen. As the population continues to rise and more and more patients visit a Hospital with no room for enlargement, the park and ride only running as far as the Council offices then I guess the parking will be an even bigger problem. MaidofDorset
  • Score: 10

5:20pm Mon 12 May 14

Top Gear says...

Information from the hospital website: http://www.dchft.nhs
.uk/patients/directi
ons.html
Parking concessions are available in special circumstances, please speak to the ward or department concerned.
Information from the hospital website: http://www.dchft.nhs .uk/patients/directi ons.html Parking concessions are available in special circumstances, please speak to the ward or department concerned. Top Gear
  • Score: 9

7:20pm Mon 12 May 14

cj07589 says...

Crimbo wrote:
Perhaps he should have worked out the potential risk and associated costs of avoiding paying the fee in the hospital car park before parking on a public road...
How extremely uncompassionate are you? the poor guys life partner is very ill and that is the best you can contribute is narcissistic comment. I bet if your loved one was extremely sick the last thing you would be worrying about is where you should park your car in a supposedly civilised and caring society. Take a moment and think it through please!
[quote][p][bold]Crimbo[/bold] wrote: Perhaps he should have worked out the potential risk and associated costs of avoiding paying the fee in the hospital car park before parking on a public road...[/p][/quote]How extremely uncompassionate are you? the poor guys life partner is very ill and that is the best you can contribute is narcissistic comment. I bet if your loved one was extremely sick the last thing you would be worrying about is where you should park your car in a supposedly civilised and caring society. Take a moment and think it through please! cj07589
  • Score: 16

7:30pm Mon 12 May 14

cj07589 says...

MaidofDorset wrote:
Perhaps someone doesn't like you parking in 'their' spot when they get home from work.
Perhaps Mr Denning like many struggling these days couldn't afford the parking charges and had no other option? I've been in the same situation myself so have a heart and put yourself in his shoes whilst shouldering the burden of worrying for a loved one as well.
There is no justification whatsoever for being a thug and causing criminal damage if you don't like the parking policy then lobby the council and get a permit system introduced.
[quote][p][bold]MaidofDorset[/bold] wrote: Perhaps someone doesn't like you parking in 'their' spot when they get home from work.[/p][/quote]Perhaps Mr Denning like many struggling these days couldn't afford the parking charges and had no other option? I've been in the same situation myself so have a heart and put yourself in his shoes whilst shouldering the burden of worrying for a loved one as well. There is no justification whatsoever for being a thug and causing criminal damage if you don't like the parking policy then lobby the council and get a permit system introduced. cj07589
  • Score: 10

8:00pm Mon 12 May 14

ksmain says...

Unfortunately it isn't always easy to park at DCH, even for staff - and lets face it if they weren't there no patients would be getting treated either. Not sure if I would leave my car in that area either.
Unfortunately it isn't always easy to park at DCH, even for staff - and lets face it if they weren't there no patients would be getting treated either. Not sure if I would leave my car in that area either. ksmain
  • Score: 1

8:16pm Mon 12 May 14

cj07589 says...

ksmain wrote:
Unfortunately it isn't always easy to park at DCH, even for staff - and lets face it if they weren't there no patients would be getting treated either. Not sure if I would leave my car in that area either.
From memory the parking is very expensive as well so it is quite understandable that some have to park where they can. I hope a kind business reads this story and offers to repair the car as a nice goodwill gesture that would turn a sadly familiar and depressing inditement of today's selfish society by proving humans can do great things and we should focus on the positives even in adversity. Thoughts are with Tanya and Andrew your overdue some good luck!
[quote][p][bold]ksmain[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately it isn't always easy to park at DCH, even for staff - and lets face it if they weren't there no patients would be getting treated either. Not sure if I would leave my car in that area either.[/p][/quote]From memory the parking is very expensive as well so it is quite understandable that some have to park where they can. I hope a kind business reads this story and offers to repair the car as a nice goodwill gesture that would turn a sadly familiar and depressing inditement of today's selfish society by proving humans can do great things and we should focus on the positives even in adversity. Thoughts are with Tanya and Andrew your overdue some good luck! cj07589
  • Score: 2

8:25pm Mon 12 May 14

ksmain says...

cj07589 wrote:
ksmain wrote:
Unfortunately it isn't always easy to park at DCH, even for staff - and lets face it if they weren't there no patients would be getting treated either. Not sure if I would leave my car in that area either.
From memory the parking is very expensive as well so it is quite understandable that some have to park where they can. I hope a kind business reads this story and offers to repair the car as a nice goodwill gesture that would turn a sadly familiar and depressing inditement of today's selfish society by proving humans can do great things and we should focus on the positives even in adversity. Thoughts are with Tanya and Andrew your overdue some good luck!
Unfortunately I think you will find that the parking at DCH is fairly consistent with prices elsewhere in the NHS. Maybe the answer is to get planning permission to build a multi-storey - but I suspect that the very same residents complaining about staff parking near their homes will complain about their house facing a multi-storey. Unfortunately sometimes you can't win.
[quote][p][bold]cj07589[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ksmain[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately it isn't always easy to park at DCH, even for staff - and lets face it if they weren't there no patients would be getting treated either. Not sure if I would leave my car in that area either.[/p][/quote]From memory the parking is very expensive as well so it is quite understandable that some have to park where they can. I hope a kind business reads this story and offers to repair the car as a nice goodwill gesture that would turn a sadly familiar and depressing inditement of today's selfish society by proving humans can do great things and we should focus on the positives even in adversity. Thoughts are with Tanya and Andrew your overdue some good luck![/p][/quote]Unfortunately I think you will find that the parking at DCH is fairly consistent with prices elsewhere in the NHS. Maybe the answer is to get planning permission to build a multi-storey - but I suspect that the very same residents complaining about staff parking near their homes will complain about their house facing a multi-storey. Unfortunately sometimes you can't win. ksmain
  • Score: 0

8:57pm Mon 12 May 14

cj07589 says...

ksmain wrote:
cj07589 wrote:
ksmain wrote:
Unfortunately it isn't always easy to park at DCH, even for staff - and lets face it if they weren't there no patients would be getting treated either. Not sure if I would leave my car in that area either.
From memory the parking is very expensive as well so it is quite understandable that some have to park where they can. I hope a kind business reads this story and offers to repair the car as a nice goodwill gesture that would turn a sadly familiar and depressing inditement of today's selfish society by proving humans can do great things and we should focus on the positives even in adversity. Thoughts are with Tanya and Andrew your overdue some good luck!
Unfortunately I think you will find that the parking at DCH is fairly consistent with prices elsewhere in the NHS. Maybe the answer is to get planning permission to build a multi-storey - but I suspect that the very same residents complaining about staff parking near their homes will complain about their house facing a multi-storey. Unfortunately sometimes you can't win.
Indeed compromise is a tough ask in a 'me me me' obsessed society, still very unpleasant that disgruntled residents would resort to petty minded criminal damage to make a point rather than approach the guy direct or contact the LA to get a residents only parking scheme introduced.
[quote][p][bold]ksmain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cj07589[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ksmain[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately it isn't always easy to park at DCH, even for staff - and lets face it if they weren't there no patients would be getting treated either. Not sure if I would leave my car in that area either.[/p][/quote]From memory the parking is very expensive as well so it is quite understandable that some have to park where they can. I hope a kind business reads this story and offers to repair the car as a nice goodwill gesture that would turn a sadly familiar and depressing inditement of today's selfish society by proving humans can do great things and we should focus on the positives even in adversity. Thoughts are with Tanya and Andrew your overdue some good luck![/p][/quote]Unfortunately I think you will find that the parking at DCH is fairly consistent with prices elsewhere in the NHS. Maybe the answer is to get planning permission to build a multi-storey - but I suspect that the very same residents complaining about staff parking near their homes will complain about their house facing a multi-storey. Unfortunately sometimes you can't win.[/p][/quote]Indeed compromise is a tough ask in a 'me me me' obsessed society, still very unpleasant that disgruntled residents would resort to petty minded criminal damage to make a point rather than approach the guy direct or contact the LA to get a residents only parking scheme introduced. cj07589
  • Score: 1

11:04pm Mon 12 May 14

JACKC says...

If his tax, insurance etc is all up to date and legal the residents have no right to demand he park anywhere else. If there is no parking restrictions there he has as much right to park there as anyone else. You residents don't own the roads!!! Get a life. I hope the police catch the moron(s) who did this and others are not deterred from parking there if they so choose. What goes around comes around.
If his tax, insurance etc is all up to date and legal the residents have no right to demand he park anywhere else. If there is no parking restrictions there he has as much right to park there as anyone else. You residents don't own the roads!!! Get a life. I hope the police catch the moron(s) who did this and others are not deterred from parking there if they so choose. What goes around comes around. JACKC
  • Score: 7

11:05pm Mon 12 May 14

GMax says...

MaidofDorset wrote:
Perhaps someone doesn't like you parking in 'their' spot when they get home from work.
Perhaps these mindless idiots should buy the road and maintain it, only then would they have the right to say who parks his or her car in that road.
Until then it is a public road where anyone can park.
I think it is absolutely disgusting what was done here, this man and wife have enough to worry about without having to deal with this as well.
.
GMax.
[quote][p][bold]MaidofDorset[/bold] wrote: Perhaps someone doesn't like you parking in 'their' spot when they get home from work.[/p][/quote]Perhaps these mindless idiots should buy the road and maintain it, only then would they have the right to say who parks his or her car in that road. Until then it is a public road where anyone can park. I think it is absolutely disgusting what was done here, this man and wife have enough to worry about without having to deal with this as well. . GMax. GMax
  • Score: 10

4:52pm Tue 13 May 14

Crimbo says...

cj07589 wrote:
Crimbo wrote:
Perhaps he should have worked out the potential risk and associated costs of avoiding paying the fee in the hospital car park before parking on a public road...
How extremely uncompassionate are you? the poor guys life partner is very ill and that is the best you can contribute is narcissistic comment. I bet if your loved one was extremely sick the last thing you would be worrying about is where you should park your car in a supposedly civilised and caring society. Take a moment and think it through please!
My loved one has been extremely sick on several occasions - one requiring an airlift to Southampton. My car was parked properly and safely in the hospital on every occasion. The last thing I wanted was to have my car immobilised or stolen when having to visit a seriously ill partner.
Take a moment and think it through please!
[quote][p][bold]cj07589[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Crimbo[/bold] wrote: Perhaps he should have worked out the potential risk and associated costs of avoiding paying the fee in the hospital car park before parking on a public road...[/p][/quote]How extremely uncompassionate are you? the poor guys life partner is very ill and that is the best you can contribute is narcissistic comment. I bet if your loved one was extremely sick the last thing you would be worrying about is where you should park your car in a supposedly civilised and caring society. Take a moment and think it through please![/p][/quote]My loved one has been extremely sick on several occasions - one requiring an airlift to Southampton. My car was parked properly and safely in the hospital on every occasion. The last thing I wanted was to have my car immobilised or stolen when having to visit a seriously ill partner. Take a moment and think it through please! Crimbo
  • Score: 1

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