‘Thieves took away my independence’

Bryan Hobson and his mum Ann with her scooter ' the same model as his which was  stolen

Bryan Hobson and his mum Ann with her scooter ' the same model as his which was stolen

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COLD-hearted thieves have robbed a man of his independence by stealing his mobility scooter.

Bryan Hobson, 40, from Warren Drive, Anchorsholme, parked his scooter in storage outside his flat after visiting his mother.

When he returned to collect it the following morning he found his Shoprider Cadiz scooter missing and is now housebound unless he pays for taxis to take him where he needs to go.

He told The Gazette: “I think it’s absolutely disgraceful.

“I now have to rely on other people and it’s disgusting how the thieves have taken away my independence.

“It’s really quiet around here and I have never had any trouble.

“There must have been a few of them who took it because you can use it on the road and it weighs a tonne.”

Mr Hobson, a glazier, was left disabled five years ago when he fell from the 35ft roof of a property while at work.

He was recovering from his injuries, but a car crash 12 months ago did irreparable damage to his neck and he is now reliant on a scooter to have a social life.

Mr Hobson now has to have regular operations on his neck to try to help improve the situation he now finds himself in.

He added: “It’s distressing for me.

“For someone able, it’s five minutes’ walk to my mum’s, but for me it’s a taxi there and back at about £3.50 each way. I now have to get an ambulance to hospital for my operations when I could have made the journey on my scooter.”

Mr Hobson’s mother Ann said the family are all concerned about how Mr Hobson will cope without the scooter following last Friday’s heartless theft.

She told The Gazette: “I’m disgusted with whoever has taken it.

“It has upset everyone and it’s very stressful.

“The scooter used to belong to his dad and he hasn’t had it very long.”

A spokesman for Blackpool Police said: “The scooter was stolen between 10.30pm September 2 and 10.30am on September 3. We are investigating and if anyone has any information we would ask them to contact us on 0845 1253545 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”