“He says it is a figure the hospital just can’t afford.”Mr Kwong said Parkin worked for a contractor at the hospital, firstly as a gardener and then a maintenance worker for four years but left three years before the offending there happened.He said in just over a month, during February and March, this year, the defendant committed seven burglaries at the site, using the master key to get into the staff offices.Mr Kwong said: “He knew all areas of the site like the back of his hand and abused his knowledge to carry out the burglaries.”Three of the victims were female doctors whose handbags he stole after using the master key to get into their locked offices, DerbyshireLive reported.He pleaded guilty to burglary and fraud and was jailed for two years and three months.Judge Nirmal Shant QC said: “It is quite plain you used your inside knowledge of the hospital, gleaned from four years working there, to carry out that set of offences.”Speaking after sentencing, a spokesman for the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust said: “This incident incurred costs that the NHS really can’t afford to waste, as offences such as this ultimately detract from the amount of money the Trust is able to invest into patient care. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A hospital has been forced to spend almost £129,000 on changing all of its 1,500 locks after a thief with “inside knowledge” stole a master key to commit break-ins.Gareth Parkin knew the Royal Derby Hospital “like the back of his hand” after working there as a gardener and maintenance worker for four years.He then “abused his knowledge” to carry out his spate of offending, Derby Crown Court prosecutor Joey Kwong said.After stealing the key during the first burglary he then used it to to access plant rooms and break into staff offices to steal handbags which belonged to doctors.Parkin, 36, of Chaddesden, Derby, used the bank cards he stole from them to buy goods to sell to fund his drug addiction.In separate offences Parkin broke in to the same convenience store in Oakwood, Derby five times and used a bank card stolen from a female pensioner aged 94.Mr Kwong told the court: “The site manager at the Royal Derby Hospital, Simon Marriott, has provided a statement for the court.”He says the master key being taken has caused a massive security risk. “All 1,500 locks have had to be changed and the current estimate as to how much it has cost is £128,749.02. “UHDB takes a zero tolerance approach to all forms of theft and are therefore pleased to see that the police’s investigations into this incident have led to a conviction.”
Linking extreme interannual changes in prey availability to foraging behaviour and breeding investment in a marine predator, the macaroni penguin
Understanding the mechanisms that link prey availability to predator behaviour and population change is central to projecting how a species may respond to future environmental pressures. We documented the behavioural responses and breeding investment of macaroni penguins Eudyptes chrysolophus across five breeding seasons where local prey density changed by five-fold; from very low to highly abundant. When prey availability was low, foraging trips were significantly longer and extended overnight. Birds also foraged farther from the colony, potentially in order to reach more distant foraging grounds and allow for increased search times. These extended foraging trips were also linked to a marked decrease in fledgling weights, most likely associated with reduced rates of provisioning. Furthermore, by comparing our results with previous work on this population, it appears that lowered first-year survival rates associated, at least partially, with fledging masses were also evident for this cohort. This study integrates a unique set of prey density, predator behaviour and predator breeding investment data to highlight a possible behavioural mechanism linking perturbations in prey availability to population demography.