Ipswich man has mobility scooter stolen after suffering medical episode

Tony Foreman, 61, fears he will have to sell his birds to buy a new mobility scooter if it isn't fou

Tony Foreman, 61, fears he will have to sell his birds to buy a new mobility scooter if it isn't found. - Credit: Su Anderson

A 61-year-old man has been left feeling lost after his mobility scooter was stolen while he was in hospital.

Tony Foreman's mobility scooter.

Tony Foreman's mobility scooter. - Credit: Cont

Tony Foreman suffered a medical episode on Bramford Road on May 3 and was taken to Ipswich Hospital by ambulance.

Mr Foreman, who suffers from epilepsy and bone and lung problems, woke up in the hospital bed the next day to find he was without his electronic wheelchair.

“I can’t get around at all now,” he said. “I’m totally lost without it.”

Suffolk police are treated the incident as a theft and are appealing for help in finding the blue CTM mobility scooter.

Mr Foreman, who lives on his own, said he feared he would have to sell his pet birds to buy a new wheelchair if it wasn’t found.

The father-of-five has an indoor aviary with four cockatiels, four love birds, four budgies and six finches.

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Buying the scooter secondhand one year ago for £600, he has since had it serviced and had all four wheels replaced, so he said it may now be worth more.

“I have been out there and looked for it, had friends go out and we just can’t find it,” he added.

“It’s a road one with lights and indicators, it’s blue and apparently that’s an unusual colour for them.”

Mr Foreman lives just a few doors away from a Co-op, but he said he struggled to get there without the scooter.

He said he did not remember the medical episode, and believed he hit his head on the ground.

Anyone with information about the scooter’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Ipswich north west safe neighbourhood team on 101 quoting IW/15/18/10.