A DISABLED man's mobility car has been stolen from outside his home.
Jason Bennington, 43, was all ready to go shopping on Tuesday morning when he discovered the battery-powered vehicle he depends on was missing.
It had been left on charge outside his home in Grooms Drive, where it is out of view from the street. The thieves would have needed a vehicle to tow it away without the keys.
Mr Bennington's mother Christine told the Gazette: "It is his legs, his way of getting around. "He was just on his way out shopping this morning when he discovered it was gone. "He is absolutely dependent on it; it is more than just a scooter - he can't go anywhere without it."
The vehicle is worth up to £7,000 but would need specialist equipment to be of any use to someone without the keys to operate it.
"He has got a charger at the front of his house, which is plugged into the wall. It must have been more than one person who stole it because it is so heavy," Mrs Bennington continued.
"I can't imagine for a minute why they would steal it. We have no clue as to what happened." The vehicle was last seen at 2pm on Monday but was gone by 10am the next day. The theft was reported to police and is being investigated.