Teenage pair admit to stealing pensioner’s scooter

82 year-old Margaret Cross

82 year-old Margaret Cross

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TWO teenagers have admitted stealing a scooter and robbing a pensioner of her lifeline to the outside world.

Margaret Cross was left devastated after her mobility vehicle was stolen while she attended a service at St Kentigern’s Church in Blackpool earlier this month.

A 13-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy – both from Blackpool – pleaded guilty to being behind the theft at the resort’s youth court yesterday.

The incident left 82-year-old Mrs Cross – who can only walk with the aid of sticks – virtually housebound.

She said: “I’m glad somebody has been caught.

“It was a horrible thing to do.”

Her scooter was stolen on Sunday, January 2 as she attended the service before heading to the parish centre of the Newton Drive church.

It was her only form of day-to-day transport to and from the church and Mrs Cross said she had no means of replacing it on her pension.

But when generous Gazette readers heard about her plight Mrs Cross was flooded with offers of a replacement scooter.

She said: “I’ve borrowed one from Blesma in the meantime so I’m using that. They lent me one to get me about and I can use the borrowed one until everything is sorted out.

“It’s been so cold recently I’ve not used it much but I’m very grateful for it.”

Mrs Cross said she was “puzzled” about why her secondhand scooter had been stolen, as she had been parking outside the church during services for the last two years.

At the time her son, Peter said: “I don’t think much of whoever has done this, they are heartless.

“They probably think it was for a bit of fun, but I would string them up for what they’ve done. The problem now is kids just stick two fingers up. There’s no punishment for them anymore so they don’t care.”

The teenagers, who cannot be named for legal reasons, will both be sentenced at separate hearings next week.

A 10-year-old boy also arrested in connection with the incident has been released on police bail pending further inquiries.