Po­lice name woman in hospi­tal fraud case

Ap­peal to find June Weather­man (54) who is banned from ev­ery hospi­tal

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By Stephen Briggs [email protected]­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTstephenB 01733 588734

Po­lice are hunt­ing a woman who has been banned from ev­ery hospi­tal in the coun­try on sus­pi­cion of steal­ing thou­sands of pounds from a widow.

More than £10,000 was stolen from 91-year-old Mary Banks as she lay bedrid­den at Peter­bor­ough City Hospi­tal in Septem­ber. She died just a few days after fall­ing vic­tim to the theft.

Now po­lice have iden­ti­fied 54- year-old June Weather man as the woman wanted in con­nec­tion with the fraud.

Weather­man was jailed in Septem­ber 2014 for seven years after she was found guilty of 15 charges of theft and fraud. Guild­ford Crown Court in Sur­rey heard she posed as a mem­ber of hospi­tal staff to snatch money and other items from el­derly pa­tients. She was also banned from en­ter­ing any hospi­tal.

Mrs Banks was at Peter­bor­ough City Hospi­tal suf­fer­ing from de­men­tia when her purse was stolen from the hospi­tal.

Her bank card was then used to fraud­u­lently pay for gro­ceries and clothes, as well as with­draw­ing cash. The card was re­ported as stolen on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 12, four days after Mary passed away.

Jim Banks, Mary’s son, said: “My mother was 91 years old, suf­fer­ing from de­men­tia, was im­mo­bile and had se­vere breath­ing prob­lems when her purse was stolen as she lay in bed at Peter­bor­ough City Hospi­tal. She would have been com­pletely un­aware of where she was let alone that she was be­ing robbed by a de­spi­ca­ble and im­moral in­di­vid­ual who has preyed on the sick and vul­ner­a­ble.”

PC Lewis Busby said: “My thoughts go with the fam­ily who are deal­ing with the loss of their loved one and now have to deal with this along­side it.”

Any­body who knows Weather­man’s where­abouts should con­tact po­lice by di­al­ing 999, quot­ing 35/36955/18, or Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

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