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Police investigate men who 'filmed inside the Alex' claiming 'Covid-19 is a hoax'

Harry Leach 5th Jan, 2021 Updated: 5th Jan, 2021

POLICE are investigating several men who allegedly toured hospitals in Redditch and Birmingham claiming that Covid-19 ‘is a hoax’.

The men were reportedly seen filming inside the Alexandra Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on January 1, claiming the hospitals were ‘quiet’, thus ‘proving’ the NHS was ‘not overwhelmed’.

Footage of those visits was said to have been posted to social media but deleted shortly afterwards.

Chief Inspector Ed Hancox of West Mercia Police said: “Following reports that individuals were entering hospitals in Worcestershire to film, a number of men voluntarily attended Kidderminster Police station to discuss the matter.

“At this time no arrests have been made and no fixed penalties have been issued but an investigation remains ongoing into potential breaches of the Covid-19 regulations.”

Chief Superintendent Phil Dolby of West Midlands Police said his ‘blood was boiling’ following the alleged incidents.

He wrote on Twitter: “Covid deniers should count themselves lucky there is such a thing as the ‘Hippocratic Oath’, still held to be sacred by our NHS heroes despite such idiocy.”

Former Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Bromsgrove, Dr David Nicholl, said he believes people need to ‘grow up’ and take coronavirus seriously.

The consultant neurologist said: “We’re only going to get through this if we work together.

“I’m fed up of seeing videos of people wandering around empty hospitals.

“We are extremely busy and it’s important people in the local area treat this with the gravity that they should.”

He added that it makes him ‘pig sick’ and grossly offended when people go around filming in hospitals and that they should be ‘fined and tagged’ for their actions.

“It’s grossly offensive to the now over 70,000 people, including 600 of my colleagues, who have died from this illness – not with it, because of it.”

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