Public rallies behind disabled theft victim

Age UK Melton's resource centre manager Rhonda Fazackerley with 61-year-old John Smart, whose mobility aid was stolen while he was attending a session there EMN-150729-094430001
Age UK Melton's resource centre manager Rhonda Fazackerley with 61-year-old John Smart, whose mobility aid was stolen while he was attending a session there EMN-150729-094430001
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Melton people have rallied behind a disabled man who had his specially-adapted mobility aid stolen by a heartless thief.

It was taken while 61-year-old John Smart, who has Down’s Syndrome, was attending a session at the town’s Age UK centre, Gloucester House.

Since the theft was reported in last week’s Melton Times public-spirited people have come forward offering to replace the walker or help to pay for a new one.

Care worker Marion Cresswell, who used to work with John at the former Claremont home in Scalford Road, got in touch to tell us how incensed she was about what had happened.

She said: “When I heard about what happened I started wondering if an appeal had been set up.

“I worked with John a few years ago and he is such a lovely chap that I thought I would like to donate £50 to help him pay for a new mobility aid.”

Angie Perduno, day care organiser at Melton Age UK, said: “We’ve had people offering to pay for a new walker for John and there is a chance he might be able to get a free upgrade on the one which was stolen.

“It’s lovely to know that John has the support of the public in Melton.”

A spokesperson for Leicestershire Police said: “We have spoken to Age UK in Melton in connection with this. We have identified an offender but no-one has been charged yet.”