Thousands raised for young UK coronavirus doctor after car smashed

Dr Abdul Farooq's car was smashed with rocks, stopping him reaching his hospital to care for coronavirus patients. (JustGiving)
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Updated 03 April 2020

Thousands raised for young UK coronavirus doctor after car smashed

LONDON: Donations have poured in for a British junior doctor working on the front lines of coronavirus after vandals smashed his car with rocks.

Dr Abdul Farooq, who works at a hospital in central England, discovered his badly damaged car on Monday, the Evening Standard newspaper reported.

He was forced to cancel his shift at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton to arrange to get the car towed away.

"It was totally smashed up," Farooq, 24, said. "All the windows were smashed and the rear view mirrors had been pulled out.”

In stepped stand-up comedian Tez Ilyas, who when he heard what happened to the vehicle, set up a fundraiser to help the doctor.

The fund has now reached almost £3,500. 

In the meantime, Farooq has been taking Uber taxis to work.

“It shows the kindness that people are showing to NHS staff,” he said of the donations. “We are being recognised now and people are starting to value the healthcare system a lot more during this crisis."


Explosion as fire breaks out at Iranian industrial complex

Updated 13 July 2020

Explosion as fire breaks out at Iranian industrial complex

  • Six storage tanks had caught fire, including the one that exploded, an Iranian official said

Iranian police are investigating after a fire broke out at an industrial complex in northeast Iran where gas condensate storage tanks are sited, one of which exploded, the Mehr news agency reported on Monday.
Javad Jahandoust, the fire chief at the Kavian Fariman industrial complex, some 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of the city of Mashhad, was quoted as saying six storage tanks had caught fire, including the one that exploded.
He said the fire was under control and there were no casualties, but police were investigating the cause.
There have been several explosions and fires around Iranian military, nuclear and industrial facilities since late June.
On Sunday, the official IRNA news agency reported a fire at a petrochemical facility in southwest Iran, which was blamed on an oil leak. There were no casualties.