Teen’s wheelchair stolen outside Grantham home in ‘callous’ act

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The family of a teenage boy have issued an appeal for information after his wheelchair was stolen.

On Tuesday, March 17. Declan Nugent, 16, had finished school and left his wheelchair outside the back door while the wheels were drying off. Sometime between around 2.30pm and 3.30pm the chair was taken from the back garden of the property in Thames Road, Grantham.

Declan needs the wheelchair to get to and from school and will also need it in a few weeks’ time to help aid his recovery after a planned hip operation, otherwise he will be housebound.

It is now known who might have taken the wheelchair and police are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen anything or anyone suspicious in the area at the time.

Declan’s mother, Rosanne Nugent said: “I can’t believe this could be taken by one of our neighbours. It is so upsetting somebody could have taken this.”

The wheelchair is described as children’s size, with black wheels, a black seat, and a blue sticker on the back.

Grantham-based PC Andy Hamilton, who is investigating the theft, said: “Declan really relies on his wheelchair and for someone to steal it is a really very callous act. He and his family are understandably very upset.

“I am appealing for anyone who may have seen or heard anything in the area, or who might have any information that can help us track down his wheelchair, to call us as soon as possible on 101 quoting incident 221 of March 17.

“You can also contact Crimestoppers and pass them information anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.”