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Disabled man left stranded after thieves steal his wheelchair - Yorkshire Hub

Disabled man left stranded after thieves steal his wheelchair

Last month, Gavin Armitage, a disabled man from Wakefield was forced to stay in doors for two weeks because thieves stole his specialist wheelchair. The robbery happened at his mother’s house on Upper Warrengate, Wakefield.

Mr Armitage hopeful of a replacement from Wakefield Wheelchair Service after thieves stole his specialist wheelchair.

Mr Armitage hopeful of a replacement from Wakefield Wheelchair Service after thieves stole his specialist wheelchair.

Now, Mr Armitage will receive a replacement from the Wakefield Wheelchair Service after a meeting he had with them on Monday.

“It is a big relief because the last few weeks have been so frustrating,” he beamed, before adding, ““I have been stuck in my mum’s house and only been outside twice.”

Mr Armitage acknowledged that he had received a lot of support following the theft of his distinctive metallic blue chair.

“People have been really nice but all I want is to have my independence back,” he said.

A fortnight ago, Mr Armitage received a temporary wheelchair from Ross Care, a NHS Wheelchair Service.

“It is awful to hear that someone decided to take the wheelchair. It was a heartless act so I am glad that we have been able to help by providing Gavin with a brand new wheelchair,” said Cllr Pat Garbutt, cabinet member for adults and health.

Mr Armitage has cerebral palsy and entirely depended on the specially-made wheelchair for his mobility.

West Yorkshire Police are yet to make an arrest.

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