A disabled woman says she has lost her independence after thieves stole her mobility scooter from the garden shed.
Margaret Murtough, 52, whose left leg was amputated last year, discovered the theft on Thursday morning. The 52-year-old had been reliant on the scooter to get about since undergoing an operation on her ankle in 2005.
Mrs Murtough from Manchester whose leg was removed below the knee following complications, said: “The scooter was my independence. I suffer with back problems as well so I can’t go and walk around the supermarket. You can’t accept that someone has been into your property and taken something that doesn’t belong to them. It makes you so mad and frustrated.
The scooter had been stored in the shed for a few weeks as Mrs Murtough had been suffering from back pain and had been using a wheelchair to get around the house. But now that the scooter has been stolen she says she must rely on her daughter, who works full time, to push her to the local shops in the chair.
She said: “We had put the scooter in a black bin bag and left it inside the shed for storage, thinking that it would be safe – obviously it wasn’t. How could someone steal a mobility scooter, you would think they would know it’s for a disabled person.”
She added: “It makes you feel more wary, even if you hear about a burglary at the neighbours. You don’t think it will happen to you.”
(Article Source: The Rochdale Observer )
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