A student nurse who cannot afford to park at work during her placement has hit out and vandals who keep targeting her car.
The woman, 22, parks legally on residential streets close to Royal Preston Hospital because she is not eligible for a permit.
As a result residents, fed up with the issue, have deflated or slashed tyres or scratched vehicles.
Another nurse had to fork out nearly £400 after a cone was forced underneath her car.
The note which was left on a student’s car in Heversham Avenue in the Lancashire Town said: ‘I am a student. I work 37.5 hours a week for YOUR NHS for FREE. I cannot afford a permit because of this.
‘I am legally parked. Please do not vandalise my car again!’
Her note has received the backing of other student nurses who are not granted parking passes from the hospital.
Principal lecturer in adult nursing at the University of Central Lancashire Dr Ivan McGlen said: ‘Every year, thousands of our nursing students add vital staffing resources to the NHS through a wide range of placements at a variety of medical institutions.
‘They adhere to the same rules as staff, so we encourage them to explore all the travel options for getting to work, including purchasing car parking permits and using public transport.
‘We wholeheartedly do not condone the recent car damage and would encourage our student to report the crime to the police.’
Things don’t look good for the nurses who park on nearby residential streets with Lancashire County Council planning on imposing restrictions.
They are acting on complaints from local residents that staff, patients and visitors are using the roads to leave their car.
Chief executive of the hospital Karen Partington said: ‘We realise that the parking arrangements at our hospitals are far from ideal and affect our staff as well as cause frustration for local residents, but these sorts of incidents are completely unacceptable.
‘Our staff come to work to provide the best possible care for our patients and should not have to deal with damage to their cars or verbal abuse for parking in a nearby street when they return at the end of their shift.
‘We would encourage any of our staff who do encounter this type of behaviour to report such incidents to the Police.
‘We have been actively looking to secure more off-site staff parking near our hospitals as well as exploring opportunities for funding to build a multi-storey car park at Royal Preston.’