A disabled father-of-two today told how has been left “housebound”, after thieves stole his lifeline mobility scooter.
Richard Williams, 53, had shut away his scooter in the shed behind his Redcar Road home in Bispham after returning from enjoying Christmas dinner with his son.
But when he got up the next day and went to get on the scooter to go to local shops, he said thieves had broken in and stolen it, as well as the charger.
Now Mr Williams, who lives in a flat on the street and suffers with a number of medical conditions including heart problems, arthritis and diabetes, says the loss of his scooter has effectively left him housebound.
“I got back from my son’s at about 6pm and locked it up. In the morning it was gone,” he said.
“I can’t get out now, I’m technically housebound.
“They are just scumbags, it is just unbelievable. It is not something you can just carry away.
“The back gate was shut and there are council gates at either end of the street. I just don’t understand it.
“I feel sick. I am shocked and I just don’t know what to do.”
Because of his multiple conditions, Mr Williams, who works from home and regularly has carers visit him at home, says he finds it extremely difficult to walk anywhere.
“I just can’t get anywhere without it really. I can’t get to the tram stop or the bus stop, I can’t even walk without getting breathless,” he added.
“I just don’t know what to say. It is just the state of this country.”
A spokesman for Lancashire Police today said officers had been made aware of the incident.
An investigation has been launched.