Metal thieves target minibus for disabled

Devastated: Nicola Bowe and Louise Lancashire with the buses
Devastated: Nicola Bowe and Louise Lancashire with the buses

METAL thieves stole the exhaust systems from two minibuses belonging to a community club for the disabled.

Calder Valley Club’s vital day service was forced to close for two days this week because they had no transport.

Managers at the club, based in Burnley Road, Mytholmroyd, had no choice but to shut the doors after the exhaust systems were taken from their two newest buses.

CCTV shows the Iveco vehicles were targeted in the early hours of Saturday by a lone man.

The buses, both under two years old, were blocking in the other two minibuses, meaning no clients could be picked up from their homes across Calderdale. Five people booked to attend were instead stranded at home. Another 15 were brought in by family members.

The club caters for adults with physical difficulties and offers a pick-up service from homes across Calderdale.

Assistant manager Louise Lancashire said: “We can’t get the other transport out to bring people in. I’ve been trying to get things in place to fix the buses so we can get things moving again.”

She said: “I don’t think people realise but it has a huge impact on the people who attend. This is their lifeline.” Their claim is now in the hands of the insurance company.

Police confirmed they had been called in. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Upper Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team.

In November the Courier reported how metal thieves were now targeting cars and vans for their catalytic convertics.

Three converters were taken from homes in Savile Park, Illingworth and Pellon. Police believe they are being taken so thieves can sell the metal, which includes platinum.