Thieves leave elderly stranded after stealing batteries from mobiliy scooters

Residents in Normanton are angry after a number of thefts of mobility scooter batteries.'Pictures from left: Barbara Morgan, Eileen Armstrong, Kevin Jones and Ken Kearson.
Residents in Normanton are angry after a number of thefts of mobility scooter batteries.'Pictures from left: Barbara Morgan, Eileen Armstrong, Kevin Jones and Ken Kearson.

Elderly people have been left stranded after thieves stole batteries from their mobility scooters.

Burglars broke into sheds in Normanton, dismantled the machines and took the batteries to sell on.

Stolen Scooter Battery

Stolen Scooter Battery

Eileen Armstrong, 83, said: “It will cost about £300 to get a new battery fitted.

“It’s very expensive.

“I can’t understand why anyone would do this.

“I’ve only recently started feeling better after have radiotherapy and chemotherapy for cancer and now this has happened.”

Police are investigating two separate thefts from sheds on Firville Crescent and Sovereign Gardens which took place between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, February 4 and 5.

The Normanton neighbourhood police team believes the two incidents are connected.

They are working with other forces across the district to share intelligence and bring the culprits to justice.

PCSO Carl Brookes, investigating officer, said: “The thefts are very strange. It must have taken some time to dismantle the scooters and take out the batteries.

“Many people rely on mobility scooters for their independence and they cannot get about until they are fixed. The batteries can be expensive to replace and it causes misery for the victims.

“I would urge anyone with information to come forward. I want to speak to anyone who saw or heard anything on Tuesday night or the early hours of Wednesday.”

Anyone with information should contact PCSO Brookes at Normanton NPT on 101. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymous-ly on 0800 555111.