Disabled mum hits out at cruel thieves

THIEVES have left a disabled mum depending on good samaritans after they stole the wheels from her car.Single mother of two Penny Leeks has been struggling to lead an independent life in an unfamiliar neighbourhood since the incident took place.

THIEVES have left a disabled mum depending on good samaritans after they stole the wheels from her car.

Single mother of two Penny Leeks has been struggling to lead an independent life in an unfamiliar neighbourhood since the incident took place.

She is now having to rely on the kindness of others to help her with shopping and to get out and about.

Mrs Leeks, who has one leg longer than the other and cannot walk very far, had three wheels stolen from her Metro car.


You may also want to watch:


She said: "I feel sick that someone would do that. I have only just moved to the area, nobody knows me, I haven't done anything to anybody and I am a disabled person."

Mrs Leeks, moved into her Bantoft Terrace home five weeks ago.

Most Read

Her blue Metro Manhatten car was parked in a neighbour's garden when the thief or thieves pounced between 5pm on December 14 and 6am the next day.

The 33-year-old said: "My neighbour came and told me.

"Two wheels were stolen from the back and one from the front.

"I now have to rely on other people to get my shopping and help me out. I don't need this kind of hassle."

Mrs Leeks, who lives with eight-year-old daughter Emma and son Aaron, six, relies on income support and disability allowance.

She said she can't afford to buy new wheels or even claim them on her insurance because her premium would go up.

She also added that shortly after the incident she received a mysterious note through her door claiming to know who the culprit(s) were, but it didn't give a name.

Police are currently not investigating any suspects, but are appealing for witnesses to come forward. Anyone with information should call Pc Christopher Squirrel at Suffolk police on 01473 613500.

What do you think? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send us an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter