Garage fixes Sheffield midwife's car free of charge after thief steals catalytic converter during shift

A Sheffield midwife is back on the road thanks to a kind-hearted garage owner who fixed her car for free.

Saturday, 18th April 2020, 7:44 am
Updated Monday, 20th April 2020, 2:36 pm

Kimberley Clayton finished her 12 and a half hour shift at Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre, only to find that callous thieves has stolen the catalytic converter from her Toyota Prius.

Bingham Auto Care garage heard about the awful news online on Tuesday (April 21), and got in touch to see how they could help.

Within 24-hours the 27-year-old midwife was back on the road thanks to the garage providing a hire car, meaning that she was able to carry on her shifts.

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Kimberley Clayton

Kimberley Clayton, said: "I just want to say thank you to everyone who has offered help.

"I owe a huge thank you to Trevor, the garage owner, who has been amazing. He has offered to fix my car and provided me with a courtesy car to get me to work while mine is beind fixed, a truly remarkable man, I am so grateful.

"I was horrified to find that after such a long and tiring shift, to see my catalytic converter had been stolen.

"It left me with no car and stuck 30-miles away from my home in Sheffield.

“I was stressing, not just about getting to and from work, but to be able to do the food shop and look after my family.

"As if life isn't difficult enough for key workers right now, somebody thought it acceptable to do this in a hospital staff car park. I am just devastated.

"I can't thank everyone enough, from my colleagues getting me home, to the amazing nurses who took a picture of it happening and trying to stop him, to the police officers."

Gareth Leonardi, 32, of Southglade Road, Nottingham appeared at Nottingham Magistrates' Court on April 15 charged with theft. He has been released on conditional bail and will appear at Nottingham Magistrates Court on April 24.

Officers have also arrested a 35-year-old man on April 16 on suspicion of theft of a catalytic converter, he has since been bailed.

Police also arrested a third man on April 15, who has been eliminated from the investigation.