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OAP distraught over theft of wheelchair

Acocks Green pensioner Kathleen Hines said she is now housebound after the thieves struck overnight between 6pm on September 25 and 7am the following morning

Kathleen Hines
Kathleen Hines

A disabled pensioner has been left devastated after thieves broke into a shed and stole her specially-adapted wheelchair.

Kathleen Hines said she is now housebound after the thieves struck overnight between 6pm on September 25 and 7am the following morning.

She had put her ‘lifeline’ wheelchair into a communal shed at warden-controlled flats in Dorsington Road, Acocks Green.

The wheelchair, which has a specially-adapted neck support, was worth around £300 and belonged to social services at Birmingham City Council.

The theft has left 72-year-old Mrs Hines, who lives with her disabled husband Eddie, distraught.

Kathleen's husband Edward Hines outside their storage room.
Kathleen's husband Edward Hines outside their storage room.

She has a catalogue of health problems and has suffered a heart attack and a stroke. She also suffers from severe arthritis and diabetes.

Mrs Hines said: “This has really devastated me. That wheelchair enabled me to get out of the house and spend some time in the fresh air.

“My son would come and take me for a walk in it but that has finished now and I have been left housebound.

“The wheelchair belongs to social services and I have been told I am going to have to replace it but money is very tight for me.

“I can’t stop crying at the moment – the people who do these kind of things are so callous. To steal a wheelchair you really have to be the lowest of the low.”

A West Midlands police spokeswoman said: “The theft of a nine-year-old wheelchair has been reported to us. Anyone with any information should ring 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”

 

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