Plea after disabled man’s mobility scooter stolen in Colne

INFORMATION APPEAL: Joshua (18) on the moped that has been stolen from a garage in Knotts Lane (S)
INFORMATION APPEAL: Joshua (18) on the moped that has been stolen from a garage in Knotts Lane (S)

The son of a disabled Colne man whose mobility scooter was stolen over the Bank Holiday weekend is appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Luis Monk said his parents Vincent and Karen have been “left miffed” after the red scooter, which had a black basket on the front, was taken from their locked garage in Knotts Lane. A two-seater moped belonging to Luis’ son Joshua (18) was also stolen.

Luis (35), of New Bath Street, said: “My dad used the mobility scooter mainly in the Summer, so he could get out and about. He is disabled and lost his arm and leg due to a motorcycle accident when he was 18, and as he has got older it has got harder for him. He is 55 now.

“My granddad had bought him the scooter as a gift a couple of years ago. My granddad has now passed away.

“My son used the moped to get to Myerscough College, and he had been bought it for his 16th birthday. He is going to have to get the bus now or get a lift where he can. Whoever has done this are scumbags - stealing from a disabled person shows just how low somebody will go to make some money. I am lost for words with something like this.”

This is the second time the family have had to deal with a break-in. A mountain bike belonging to Luis was stolen around two years ago, but after being reported to the police it was retrieved the same day.

A Lancashire Police spokesman confirmed they received a call about the break-in at 11-10pm on Monday night.

Anybody with information can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting log number 1510 of April 6th.