Appeal for information | Mobility Vehicle Stolen from Harborne

Written by on March 21, 2018

Mum of disabled man appeals for help after mobility vehicle is stolen from Harborne

Written by: Tristan Harris


left: missing van. Right: Anthony
left: missing van. Right: Anthony

THE mother of a severely disabled Birmingham man has hit out at the thieves who took his specially-adapted mobility vehicle.

Loretta Sloyan spoke out about the raiders who took the Citroen Dispatch Van from Tennal Road in Harborne in the early hours of Friday, March 16th.

She said her son Anthony, who has epilepsy, autism and is partially sighted, depends on the vehicle to go shopping, attend appointments and to visit his favourite spots.

The van, which Anthony calls his magic red bus, has the registration number X568 HHR. Officers have launched an investigation into the theft and are currently assessing CCTV.

Loretta added: “The vehicle is really precious to us… Anthony calls it his ‘magic red bus’ and he’s devastated we can’t take him out and about as normal.

“He has severe autism and loves his routines, like popping to Merry Hill, having a drink in our favourite café and going to the garden centre. When that routine is disrupted, which has happened since the theft, he gets very distressed and upset.

“It’s hard to imagine what kind of person would steal a disability vehicle… they must be heartless and have no conscience whatsoever.

“Somebody must know where our van is. I would ask them to do the right thing and contact the police so we can get it back and our son can start enjoying life again.”

Sgt Dave Cotter from West Midlands Police said details of the vehicle had been added to national police systems and that roads policing units were on the lookout.

“This is a truly heartless theft of a vehicle the family rely on heavily – I would urge people to help us trace it and get in touch if they believe they’ve seen it or suspect who may be responsible.

“It’s possible the thieves may not have realised it was a specially adapted vehicle so I’d also ask them to look into their hearts and leave the van somewhere we can find it.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact West Midlands Police in confidence on the 101 number quoting Crime Reference 20BW/59545U/18. Alternatively, information can be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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