DETECTIVES are appealing for help after thieves stole a wheelchair from a disabled man from outside of his flat.
Senior officers from Leicestershire Police launched a major investigation after the man was left “very upset” after the device was stolen from outside of his home in Moira in the early hours of the morning.
The wheelchair is said to be ‘vital’ to the man being able to get about and live an independent life, and members of the public are being urged to get in touch with any information they may have that could help track the people responsible.
A spokesman for the force said: “The incident happened sometime between 1.45am and 8.30am on Thursday, June 26, when the wheelchair was stolen from the outside porch area of a flat in Cherry Tree Court.
“The wheelchair is described as a black Barrett 7 with a silver frame.
“It is a lightweight model designed to fold and carry.”
PCSO Jennifer May, the investigating officer, spoke to the Mail about the impact the incident has had on the chair’s owner.
She said: “The victim is heavily reliant on using his wheelchair to allow him to get out and lead an independent life.
“He has obviously been left very upset by what has happened and we would urge anyone who may know the whereabouts of the wheelchair to contact us.
“Do you know the person responsible for this crime? Maybe you know where the wheelchair is or perhaps you have seen the wheelchair dumped somewhere?
“Any information could be helpful to our investigation so please give us a call.
“Anyone with information is asked to call 101, follow the instructions to leave a message, or alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.