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Mother's plea for help after thieves steal daughter's specially adapted wheelchair

Crime WorldBy Sunday World
Polcie handout image of Lydia Cooper in the chair her mother calls her 'lifeline'
Polcie handout image of Lydia Cooper in the chair her mother calls her 'lifeline'

A mother has appealed for the return of her four-year-old daughter's specially adapted wheelchair after heartless burglars raided their home and stole the family car.

Sarah Cooper said the wheelchair is a "lifeline" for her daughter Lydia, who has cerebral palsy and the brain condition hydrocephalus.

Thieves broke into their home in King George Crescent, Warrington, Cheshire, some time between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

They took presents from under the Christmas tree while the family were asleep and stole keys to a silver Ford Kuga which they made off in.

Inside the boot of the vehicle was the Action 2 wheelchair.

Ms Cooper told Wire FM radio station: "We are now housebound for Christmas.

"I just want the chair. They could have the presents, they could have the car, they could have the money, just let me have the chair back please.

"It's Lydia's lifeline."

Det Con Vicky Goodwin, of Cheshire Police, said: "Burglary, no matter who you are, is a traumatic event in most people's lives and cannot be underestimated. In this case it is compounded by the fact this family will have no presents for Christmas and won't be able to get around without the wheelchair over the Christmas holidays. The family are heartbroken.

"To think this little girl has had her Christmas ruined is such a shame. Whoever committed this is callous and heartless and we are determined to find those responsible.

"I would urge anyone with information to contact police on 101."

Alternatively information can be given anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.