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Thieves steal young disabled boy’s wheelchair ramp

Natalie Roberts with Harley
Natalie Roberts with Harley Image credit: gazettelive.co.uk

Five-year-old Harley was devastated last week when the accessible ramp leading to his family’s home in Roseworth, Stockton-On-Tees, was stolen.

Thieves didn’t only steal the slope, in doing so they also took away the lad’s independence.

His mum, Natalie Roberts, 28, told Evening Gazette: ‘It’s appalling what they have done and I still hope the police can do something about it.

‘These people should not be allowed to walk the streets.’

The ramp turned up for sale on Facebook marketplace which was purchased for £40 by an anonymous buyer and returned to the family.

‘It’s not that they have just taken a ramp away, they have taken his independence away,’ said Natalie.

‘He’s just a five-year-old child.’

Reaching out for more information mum-of-three Natalie spoke to Cleveland Police and shared a post on social media.

She said it “was really nice” for the person to buy the ramp back and return it.

‘But they (the thieves) have still got what they wanted.’

Cleveland Police said:  ‘Police received a report of a stolen wheelchair ramp from outside a property on Rosedale Gardens, Stockton, which happened overnight on Friday October 8 into Saturday October 9.

‘Officers have logged a crime report and enquiries are ongoing.’

Harley Roberts is still recovering from complex surgery carried out last May to help improve his mobility.