Lowlife thieves leave distraught OAP marooned


David Humphreys

AN ELDERLY woman has been left heartbroken after thieves broke into her shed stealing and wrecking an electric scooter and torching a wheelchair.

Shirley Higgins, 81, said the theft of the scooter from a shed behind her house in Connah’s Quay has frightened her.

Mrs Higgins and her husband, George, 82, were informed by a neighbour on Green Park in Connah’s Quay that their shed door was open on Tuesday morning.

When Mr Higgins went out to inspect the scene, he found that his wife’s scooter had been taken and her regular wheelchair set on fire.

He said: “We’d heard nothing at all.

“Someone told us the shed had been broken into and they’d taken the scooter.

“I’m not happy about it all. We didn’t hear a thing.”

Mrs Higgins’ scooter and wheelchair were found on Tuesday on the nearby Glan-y-Morfa Court in Connah’s Quay.

The controls of the electric scooter had been smashed and the back panel of the wheelchair set on fire.

Mrs Higgins said: “The scooter was my life line.

“The controls are smashed and they tried to burn the seat on the wheelchair.

“It was heartbreaking – I don’t think I’ve stopped crying.

“It’s also so frightening, I can’t sleep.”

The 82-year-old, who has lived on Green Park for six years, can only walk short distance with the use of sticks with the scooter and wheelchair proving vital to her mobility.

She added: “I can’t go out anymore. The scooter is how I get around.

“In the 61 years we’ve been married, we’d only ever had one break in.

“This has really upset me, it’s really frightened me.

“To pinch my scooter, it’s the lowest of the low. It’s broken my heart.”

Mrs Higgins added that she has yet to see the condition of her wheelchair and does not want to as it would cause her too much distress.

A spokesman for North Wales Police confirmed they were notified of the theft at 8.30am on Tuesday.

Crime scene investigation officers also attended the scene.

Anyone with information relating to this incident should contact police on 101 quoting reference R107891.

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