Disabled man’s stolen wheelchair to be replaced

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A disabled man left housebound after thieves stole his specialist wheelchair is to be given a replacement.

Thieves took 26-year-old Gavin Armitage’s wheelchair from outside his mum’s house on Upper Warrengate, Wakefield, last month.

The specially-made wheelchair was the main form of transport for Mr Armitage, who has cerebral palsy.

He was forced to stay indoors for a fortnight until Ross Care, a NHS Wheelchair Service, gave him a temporary wheelchair.

Mr Armitage met with the Wakefield Wheelchair Service on Monday and hopes to be given a replacement in the coming weeks.

He said: “It is a big relief because the last few weeks have been so frustrating.

“I have been stuck in my mum’s house and only been outside twice.”

Mr Armitage said he has received a lot of support since his distinctive metallic blue chair was stolen.

He said: “People have been really nice but all I want is to have my independence back.”

Coun Pat Garbutt, cabinet member for adults and health, said: “It is awful to hear that someone decided to take the wheelchair.

“It was a heartless act so I am glad that we have been able to help by providing Gavin with a brand new wheelchair.”

West Yorkshire Police said enquiries into the theft which happened on Monday, February 27 are on-going.

Call police on 101.