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Disabled grandfather has mobility scooter stolen whilst on the loo

PUBLISHED: 21:52 21 October 2011

Leonard Cook was on the toilet when the scooter was stolen

Leonard Cook was on the toilet when the scooter was stolen

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»A 76-year-old grandfather who has Parkinson's disease and has had two heart attacks has been left stranded after his mobility scooter was stolen from outside his house.

Leonard Cook had just returned to his home in Picardy Road, Belvedere, from shopping on Tuesday afternoon and was desperate for the toilet. He did not have time to lock up his £1,500 mobility scooter.

When he returned outside 10 minutes later, he found his scooter missing.

‘Sick’

He looked to see if it was still on the road but it was gone.

The retired railway engineer said: “I felt sick. It is my lifeline. That is my only mode of transport.

“I was in such a rush and was carrying the shopping in and had no hands left to take the little key out.

“I never thought this could happen. I didn’t think somebody would steal it. The people who did this are lowlives. I only left the key in because I was in such a hurry.”

Mr Cook, who lives with his wife Ann, was in hospital for nearly five weeks after having a heart attack last December.

He also has Parkinson’s and Multiple System Atrophy, a neurological disorder which means he can only walk about 60 paces until he needs a rest.

He said: “The police said they would search the neighbourhood for the scooter and see if it has been abandoned.

“It can’t go very far until the battery needs charging, which I do from home,” he added.

The black Go-Go scooter was bought approximately four years ago when it was brand new.

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