A DISABLED pensioner has been left devastated after thieves stole her “lifeline” new mobility scooter - less than a day after it was delivered.
For the last 20 years OAP Patricia Walker has suffered with crippling osteoarthritis from her neck to her feet and has used a mobility scooter for freedom, to go out grocery shopping and making trips out for lunch or to see family and friends.
The 73-year-old had a new red mobility scooter delivered to her home in Firby Close, on the Central Estate, in Hartlepool, on Monday at 5pm, and she locked it away in her garden shed.
But when she went to get the machine the following morning to go out, it was gone.
The mum-of-six, a retired potato picker and cleaner, was left saddened and shaken following the theft and today urged people to contact the police if they have any information about the crooks responsible.The grandmother-of-six and great-grandmother-of-nine, who also suffers with diabetes and glaucoma, said: “I would like to ring their scraggy necks, whoever’s done it. I don’t think they’ve stopped to think what they’ve done.
“I only hope that one of these days they need a scooter and then they will know. If I could walk or go to the shops myself I would.
“Without that scooter my life is dead. They would have to put me in a home because I couldn’t manage without.”
She added: “I’ve been driving a mobility scooter for over 20 years, I was 50 when I got my first one.
“I use it everyday and go out for my dinner all the way over to Seaton to the Marine Hotel, I go to the shops to get my food, and I go to the cemetery a lot to visit the grave of my partner who died six years ago.
“It’s my lifeline, I couldn’t manage without it. I literally couldn’t go round a shop on foot.
I can just manage getting round the house with my walking stick.
“I put it in the shed on Monday after it had been delivered. I went to bed, got up the next morning and it had gone.”
Luckily, Patricia’s daughter has loaned her a mobility scooter that she needs only for occasional use, until her mum gets a new one delivered hopefully by the end of today.
A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said: “We have had a theft of a red mobility scooter from Firby Close on the Central Estate overnight between December 1 and 2.
“It was stolen from a locked shed and the 73-year-old owner uses it to get around the town.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Pc Claire Elliott on the non-emergency number 101.