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Woman with cerebral palsy distraught after £3,500 mobility scooter stolen from outside her house in Cwmbran

A Cwmbran woman who has cerebral palsy woke up yesterday morning (Wednesday 28 July 2021) to find her mobility scooter had been stolen.

Julie Larke, from Pembrey Path in St Dials, made the shock discovery at around 8.30am on Wednesday 28 July.

The 49-year-old is well known in the community as she rides around the area daily.

She would lock up her blue scooter outside her home every day as it was too large to fit through her front door.

Her dad Dennis Larke spoke to Cwmbran Life. He said: “She’s very upset and can’t get about now. She mixes with people and goes everywhere she wants to go. She now can’t go visiting.

Julie and her dad, Dennis
Julie and her dad, Dennis, stood where she locks her scooter up

“Somebody has gone to the front door, cut the lock and taken the scooter. It’s always locked with a big biker’s padlock and a chain. It was fastened to the railings.

“She went out in the morning to go on it but it was missing. She told me and I phoned the police.”

Dennis called the police and an officer arrived at around 9.30am.

A Gwent Police spokesperson said: “We received a report of a theft in St Dials, Cwmbran at around 8.50am on Wednesday 28 July. A blue KymCo Maxer mobility scooter was reportedly taken from outside an address in Pembrey Path at some point between 12.00am and 8.50am on Wednesday 28 July.

“The scooter was kept securely at the property and the lock was reportedly cut off. Enquiries are ongoing and anyone with information or has CCTV or dashcam footage from the area is asked to call Gwent Police, quoting log reference 2100264932.

“You can also contact us via social media on Facebook or Twitter, or you can report any information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”


A mobility scooter
Julie’s scooter outside her home
Julie holding the padlock
Julie holding the padlock forced open by a thief
A broken padlock
Julie shows the padlock used to lock up her scooter

A broken chain

A mobility scooter

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Woman with cerebral palsy distraught after £3,500 mobility scooter stolen from outside her house in Cwmbran

Julie holding the chain
Julie holding the chain that was used to lock her scooter to the railing