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'Burglaries won't drive me out'

A singlehanded GP has vowed to soldier on in his practice despite suffering a spate of three burglaries in just four days.

Dr David Goldberg, a GP in Bootle, Merseyside, reckons he has fallen foul of a gang of criminals that has targeted businesses for their computers.

Thieves wrenched shutters, smashed windows with a pickaxe and jemmied open doors to steal around £2,500-worth of PCs and flat-screen monitors earlier this month.

Dr Goldberg said the thieves made successive raids on Thursday and Friday nights to 'soften the defences' of the practice and grab equipment, before making off with the rest of the IT in a final raid on the Sunday.

Dr Goldberg, who has had only one similar incident in the 10 years he has practised in the area, said: 'There's been a lot of support from patients who have been disgusted that it's happened to a singlehanded GP. They perceive that it may threaten my will to stay in the area. I would think twice about my position if this became a chronic problem.'

South Sefton PCT replaced all the stolen equipment within 24 hours of the final theft and its chief executive visited to advise on security, he added.

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