A HEALTHCARE worker at West Cornwall Hospital hopes to "nudge the conscience" of the "cowardly" person who vandalised her car.
A nurse who has worked at the Penzance hospital for 20 years, says her car, parked in Parwartha Crescent, was vandalised while she was working a twelve and a half-hour shift.
And she believes that the attack was carried out by a local resident angry because the roads behind the hospital – Penalverne Avenue, Penalverne Crescent, Parc Wartha Avenue, Parc Wartha Crescent, Trevean Road and Trezela Road – are all used by NHS staff members.
It is the nearest available parking when they are working at the hospital.
"On reporting the incident to the police I was saddened to hear that this was not an isolated incident," she said.
"Several healthcare professionals have been targeted while parked in the vicinity of the hospital.
"Unfortunately, the hospital being situated in a residential area is not ideal … and we all appreciate it can be frustrating for residents who wish to park there also.
"However we all try to park courteously and it is a great shame that such cowardly, needless acts of vandalism have been directed towards devoted individuals providing an essential service, 24 hours a day.
"I hope the individual responsible for vandalising my car … will realise the impact of the actions and that it nudges a conscience."
Inspector Jean Phillips, from Penzance police, said that the police were aware of the problem through the Penalverne Neighbourhood Team Partnership.
"As a result we have been from house to house with our concerns and spoken to staff at the hospital to alert them," she said. If this is a disgruntled resident, there is nothing to be achieved from a vendetta against people parking in the area.
"The Neighbourhood Team Partnership is working hard to find a solution to the problem and I will be bringing up the matter at the next meeting of the steering group."