The devastated mum of a disabled schoolboy is appealing for help after heartless thieves stole his specially adapted tricycle.
Mikey Harris, 13, can’t walk very far due to his Down’s syndrome, reports StokeonTrentLive.
But the teenager loves getting out and riding on the tricycle – which has now been stolen from his family’s temporary home.
Mum Claire Harris, 41, said she is “really angry” about the theft, which comes after the three-wheeler was nearly destroyed in a fire.
The blaze ruined their house – forcing them to move – although Mikey managed to rescue his beloved tricycle.
But it is now missing, which Claire said was “quite destroying”.
Staffordshire Police have been alerted to the theft.
Claire said: “I’m really angry. You can see that it’s a disabled bike, and somebody really needs it.
“It is the fact that they’ve actually just taken it knowing that somebody really needed it.
“It would just be nice if someone returned it. It was a bike to give my son a little bit of his independence.
“Mikey has got Down’s syndrome and mobility problems so he has to wear special footwear and he can’t walk very far.
“So we got him a bike so he could get out and about.
“He can’t ride a normal one so we got him one that he could ride so he felt a bit more included.
“It’s really upsetting because we never managed to save much from the fire.
“But because it was outside things they were salvageable, and I was lucky enough to be able to bring Mikey’s bike with me.
“I actually saved it from the fire.
“For someone to just have stolen it at the end of everything, it’s quite destroying.
“It’s Mikey’s only chance of playing outside with all the other kids when they’ve got their bikes out.
“It’s just a little bit of something that he can do.”
Claire discovered the theft on May 25 after returning to their temporary accommodation in Norton, Staffordshire.
They are hoping to move back to their property in Chell Heath soon.