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Touching two-word tribute to ex-cop who died weeks after hospital theft

Police have issued a touching tribute to a former inspector, who died weeks after he was robbed in hospital by a care assistant.

Fred Bromley, an ex- West Midlands Police Inspector, died in March last year from hip cancer.

In the weeks leading up to his death he was admitted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he received palliative care.

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Care assistant Rebecca Ellis was one of the members of staff charged with looking after Mr Bromley.

But instead, Ellis plundered his belongings – stealing his bank cards before going on a £532 spending spree.

Today, as Ellis was jailed for nine months for theft and fraud, West Midlands Police simply said: “RIP gaffer”.

Rebecca Ellis

Birmingham Crown Court heard Ellis used one of the contactless cards to buy biscuits at an on-site WHSmith shop within the QE.

And after that ‘test purchase’ succeeded she went on to use them at various stores, as well as ordering £126 worth of clothes from Dorothy Perkins online.

Mr Bromley’s daughter noticed the cards had vanished and cancelled them on February 24, but not before Ellis had taken a large amount of money from her dad’s accounts.

Birmingham Magistrates Court heard Ellis stole them from Mr Bromley’s overnight bag in the A&E department after he was admitted to hospital due to a cancerous hip joint dislocating.

Police examined hospital CCTV which showed the 49-year-old using a blue Nationwide Bank card to make a £2.70 WHSmith purchase for a tub of biscuits.

Other enquiries revealed Ellis used one of Mr Bromley’s cards on the Dorothy Perkins website buying clothes in her dress size and handbags.

Touching two-word tribute to ex-cop who died weeks after hospital theft
Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham

Elllis was arrested on 13 August at her home address in Smethwick.

In interview she refused to answer any of the 100-plus questions put to her by police, including how she’d used a Nationwide card despite never having held an account with the bank.

She denied theft and fraud but was found guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court and today (23 Sept) was jailed for nine months at the city’s crown court.

Ellis will never work in the care sector again.

Mr Bromley passed away not long after the offences had taken place aged 66 following his battle with hip cancer.

In a video played to the court recorded before his death, Mr Bromley said: “I could not move and was in extreme pain.

“I am disgusted with the way she has treated me.”

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