A warning has been issued following a scam incident at a Suffolk hospital. 

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust said the incident took place in the grounds of West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds, on Tuesday.

Fraudulent individuals were allegedly attempting to take donations from members of the public. 

A spokesman for the authority said: "The trust is currently investigating this incident and the police have been notified.

"Only My WiSH Charity, Friends of West Suffolk Hospital and pre-approved registered charities are permitted to undertake promotion or fundraising activity on our hospital sites, so please remain vigilant.

"The Trust takes the safety of our patients, visitors and staff extremely seriously. As a result of this incident, security patrols have been increased."

A spokesman for Suffolk police said: "We are aware of reports of two incidents informing people they were raising money fraudulently in aid of West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds.

"The first happened at about 1pm at Waitrose in the town and a second at 2.30pm at West Suffolk Hospital.

"In one incident one of the offenders took a quantity of cash from the victim. Always ask for formal identification from someone who claims to be collecting for a charity or good cause."