An eight-year-old boy whose sister has serious medical problems has been left heartbroken after his bike and scooter were stolen by thieves.
Connor Wolstenholme has been left distraught after the bike, the last present given to him by his late grandfather, was taken on Tuesday night.
The theft comes just after Connor’s younger sister Amy, who has lost one leg to meningitis, had begun to make progress with her condition.
Connor’s mum Jade, 25, said: “He was crying his eyes out because it was a bike his grandad had bought him before he passed away.
“It’s been a horrible thing to happen just after Christmas as well.
“I live on my own so it’s quite worrying to know someone’s been round in my garden stealing children’s things.
“I felt sick to wake up, come outside and see that they’d gone. It’s very upsetting and I had to phone his school to make sure he was all right.”
The theft, which also saw Connor’s father’s bike stolen, took place overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday at the Wolstenholme’s house in Ravens Close, Normoss.
The family was struck by tragedy last year when Jade’s father Anthony, 51, was found hanged in his Grange Park home in May.
Jade found a rash on Amy’s body in December 2010 and within hours the tiny baby was being rushed to hospital for emergency surgery.
Amy’s right leg was amputated up to the knee when the disease spread over her body in 2010, and she has endured more than 50 operations to date as she battles against the effects of the disease.
A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “The theft happened some time between 8pm on Tuesday January 7 and 8am on Wednesday January 8.
“The two bikes and BMX are worth about £480.
“Anyone with information should call 101.”
Child’s agony after thieves target his bike
Local charity Days of Sunshine has appealed to Gazette readers to help raise funds to replace Connor’s bike.
The St Annes-based charity raises funds for disadvantaged children on the Fylde coast and has appealed to Gazette readers to help pay for a new bike for Connor.
Charity founder David Lee said: “We’ve got up to about £40 or £50.
“Whatever happens we’ll hopefully have him a new bike for next weekend.”
To donate call (01253) 720710.