Two lives affected by theft of scooter

A DISABLED woman has today blasted the yobs who stole her mobility scooter before dumping it in Henley.Madeline French, 60, was staying with a friend in Inverness Road, Ipswich when her specially adapted scooter, valued at about £4,000 was taken from outside the house.

A DISABLED woman has today blasted the yobs who stole her mobility scooter before dumping it in Henley.

Madeline French, 60, was staying with a friend in Inverness Road, Ipswich when her specially adapted scooter, valued at about £4,000 was taken from outside the house.

"I couldn't believe that it had been stolen," said Mrs French.

She added: "I feel sorry for the people who do this sort of thing. They obviously have no respect for themselves and no respect for other people."


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The scooter was stolen sometime between 10pm on Tuesday June 25 and 7am on June 26.

The scooter is currently being repaired by Orwell Motorcycles, but due to the difficulty in getting the parts Mrs French is likely to be without her only means of transport for nearly a month.

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"They have stolen my second pair of legs," said Mrs French.

She continued: "I'm stranded and feel very frustrated that I can't go where I want to.

"I also look after my friend who has rheumatoid arthritis and is paralysed down her left side and I now can't do her shopping for her.

"Two people's life have been affected and we are both stuck inside looking at four walls."

The 60-year-old questions the mentality of the person responsible for stealing her transport.

"I'd like to think they noticed the disabled badge on my scooter and felt a bit of remorse. Hopefully, instead of setting fire to it, they had a bit of heart and left it somewhere visible where it would be found. However, they did steel my tax disc."

Mrs French's scooter is a Funtec Simca, which has been adapted to resemble a car with doors, roof and sunroof being added.

Anybody with information regarding the theft of the scooter should contact Ipswich police on 01473 613500.

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