A DISABLED youngster has been left virtually housebound after thieves stole his tailor-made wheelchair from outside his home.
Twelve-year-old Jake Wynne can only walk very short distances due to the cerebral palsy and epilepsy he has suffered since birth, and relies on his £500 wheelchair to go almost anywhere outdoors.
He had been looking forward to spending his Easter holidays going on day trips with his family but now faces spending the next two weeks indoors after his chair was cruelly taken from outside his Cuddington home overnight last Friday.
Jake’s mother Maureen, 49, had left the chair outside the house as usual and did not realise it had been taken until the Russett School pupil returned from a respite session the next morning.
“We thought we’d go out to Blakemere for the day but then I saw that the chair had gone and at first I thought it was just kids messing about,” she said.
“But if it was I know we’d have had it back now. Everyone round here knows it’s Jake’s chair so I just don’t know what has happened.
“Jake can walk but not far. He can just about go to the shops and back but there’s no way he can go on day trips or anything like that without the chair.
“We had planned to go away to Wales next week for the holidays but we can’t now. It is a big inconvenience,” she added.
And Maureen says that although Jake is unable to talk, he is aware that his daily routine has been disrupted.
“He knows he can’t go out. He loved sitting at the top of the street watching the motorbikes – he’s motorbike mad,” she explained.
“Now he’s pretty much stuck in the garden until I can get a replacement, and he’s going to go mad.
“I don’t care about anything else, I just want the chair back. They can leave it in the garden if they want, I just want it back.”
PC Dave Walton from Cheshire Police, investigating the incident, said: “To think that someone would stoop low enough to steal a wheelchair belonging to a disabled child is beyond comprehension.
“The implications for Jake and his family are significant and he will not be able to enjoy days out over the Easter holidays, nor will he be able to go about his day to day life in the usual way, which already presents challenges for Jake and his family and support network,” he added.
“I would ask that anyone with any information come forward and contact us so we can return Jake's wheelchair to him and bring the person responsible for this heinous crime to justice.”
If you have any information, contact Cheshire Police on 101.