Heartless thieves steal mobility scooter from cerebral palsy sufferer

Moment heartless thieves steal mobility scooter from cerebral palsy sufferer’s front garden as their distressed victim, 51, says ‘I’ve lost part of my independence’

  • Thieves stole a mobility scooter from Andrew, 51, from Ashton-under-Lyne
  • Andrew has cerebral palsy and requires his scooter for day-to-day life 
  • CCTV footage caught two men moving the scooter outside Andrew’s home 

This is the moment callous thieves were caught stealing the mobility scooter of a 51-year-old man in the early hours of the morning.

CCTV footage captured two men pushing the scooter away from the front garden of his home in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, at around 2.39am. 

The distressed victim, who only wanted to be identified as Andrew, said: ‘I must admit, I was very unsettled as I heard them from inside when this happened.

CCTV footage captures the thieves approach Andrew’s front garden in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester

The light in Andrew’s front garden comes on as the people enter before taking away his scooter

‘I was going to go and see but I thought that wasn’t a good idea.

‘I treat the scooter as a car, I feel like I’ve lost a part of my independence.’ 

Andrew has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy since birth and has been using a scooter for the last 15 years.   

The vehicle, a grey TGA BREEZE S4 mobility scooter with a canopy roof and sides, retails at around £4,000 new.

The two people can be seen moving the mobility scooter away 

They push the scooter, which Andrew needs for day-to-day life, away from his front garden

The victim said on social media that the stolen was loaded into a large van.

He also said that the scooter usually gets changed every three years 

He added: ‘If I had a chance to speak to them I would ask them why? My scooter is not a luxury item, it’s a necessity for me. What an earth are they going to do with it?

‘At the moment with Covid I don’t go out too much for obvious reasons but If I needed to go to the supermarket, I can’t even do that.

‘I’ve never experienced having my scooter stolen before and I’ve lived on this estate for 15 years.’

A file photo of Andrew’s mobility scooter, model TGA BREEZE S4

Andrew has cerebral palsy and uses crutches to get around.

But he requires a mobility scooter for when he’s outside his home, due to the multiple surgeries he had to have.

It’s a necessity for hospital appointments as well as day-to-day life.

Greater Manchester Police have confirmed that the theft was reported on Sunday, at around 9.40am and have said no arrests have been made yet. 

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