Scooter theft leaves Wakefield disabled man prisoner

Arthur Wheeler, 79 years old from Stanley, Wakefield, pictured with his wife Joan. Arthur suffers from serious chest complaint which mean he can only manage to walk a few feet before he is out of breath. His mobility scooter, which gives him contact with the outside world, was stolen by heartless thieves, who then smashed it up and throw it into a nearby pond.'w6618a141
Arthur Wheeler, 79 years old from Stanley, Wakefield, pictured with his wife Joan. Arthur suffers from serious chest complaint which mean he can only manage to walk a few feet before he is out of breath. His mobility scooter, which gives him contact with the outside world, was stolen by heartless thieves, who then smashed it up and throw it into a nearby pond.'w6618a141
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A DISABLED pensioner has been left housebound after his mobility scooter was stolen and trashed.

Arthur Wheeler’s scooter was found dumped in a fishing pond near to his home in Stanley.

The 79-year-old suffers from a serious lung condition, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which means he cannot walk more than few steps without becoming out of breath.

Mr Wheeler and wife Joan, 77, woke up on Saturday morning to discover the scooter was missing.

Mrs Wheeler, of Balk Crescent, said: “We couldn’t believe it, I don’t know how anybody could stoop so low.

“He relies on the scooter to get out of the house and he uses it everyday to go up to the shop for his paper.”

The couple’s sons eventually found it after searching the area around their home.

Using a lasso they dragged it out of the water but it had been damaged beyond repair.

Because the scooter had been parked outside the back of their bungalow at the time, it was not covered by insurance.

Mrs Wheeler, who also uses a mobility scooter, said: “Even a second-hand one would cost between £200 to £300, which is a lot of money.”

The theft happened some time between last Friday evening and Saturday morning. Police investigations are ongoing and officers want to speak to anyone who spotted anything suspicious.

Anyone with information should contact the North West neighbourhood police team on 0845 6060606, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.