Disabled Joan left stranded by thieves

Victim: Multiple sclerosis sufferer Joan Whitworth who has had her wheelchair stolen
Victim: Multiple sclerosis sufferer Joan Whitworth who has had her wheelchair stolen
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HEARTLESS thieves have stolen a wheelchair from a pensioner who suffers from multiple sclerosis.

Joan Whitworth, 70, relies on her chair to leave her home in Skircoat Green, Halifax, and is shocked anyone would take it.

“The police told me think it might have been taken for scrap metal,” she said.

“It’s awful that someone would do this.”

Mrs Whitworth, a three-times winner of the traditional Calderdale renowned World Dock Pudding Championships, has limited movement because of her condition and because she recently underwent a major hip operation.

Her wheelchair is kept in a shed outside her home but the equipment along with a bag of presents she had bought and left in the shed were taken when thieves broke in earlier this month.

Social services have been helping Mrs Whitworth to get around since the break-in but say they cannot provide a permanent replacement until April 15.

“It’s terrible. I just want my wheelchair back,” said Mrs Whitworth.

“I feel so sorry for these people who have nothing better to do than steal other people’s belongings.”

Anyone with information about the theft, which happened on March 3, should call West Yorkshire Police on 0845 6060606 or CrimeStoppers, where information can be passed on anonymously, on 0800 555111.