HEARTLESS thieves stole a brand new car and a wheelchair from a man left paralysed by a horror road accident.
Gary Seddon was asleep downstairs when callous crooks crept into his house, snatched his car keys and drove off in his three-week-old Nissan Qashqai.
The 53-year-old says he went to sleep at his home on Urmston Avenue, Newton-le-Willows, at about 11pm on Wednesday May 30 but the car and wheelchair were both gone when he woke at 3.30am.
Mr Seddon, a former nightclub bouncer, told the Reporter: “I suffered a spinal injury when I was a passenger in a car crash in 1999 and have not been able to use my legs since. This new car was my only way of getting around. I’m housebound now. I can’t go anywhere and have had to cancel all my medical appointments.
“The police seem to think the car may have been stolen to order because they didn’t touch anything else so it could be absolutely anywhere now. But I’m convinced that somebody around here must have seen or heard something or must know something about what went on.
“Whoever took the car must have known how to drive it too. It’s got a special push-pull brake and accelerator device because I can’t use my legs.” Mr Seddon’s two-litre Nissan Qashqai is graphite grey in colour, has the registration plate MJ12 HHY and was only bought on a motability finance deal from St Helens’ Middlehurst garage last month.
His custom-built blue and green RGK wheelchair, which was in the boot of the car at the time, is four-years-old and was worth £3,000 when he bought it.
Mr Seddon, who also had a mobility scooter stolen from outside his house last year, is even prepared to put forward a reward for any information that leads to the successful recovery of the car.
He added: “My wife, Premila, was asleep upstairs at the time and I’m just glad she didn’t hear what was going on because anything could have happened to her.
“She’s petrified of this happening again now. It’s the intrusion that we feel most angry about - that’s the worst thing.”
A police spokeswoman confirmed that officers had carried out a forensic examination of the scene and conducted house-to-house inquiries.
DC John Gannon said: “This incident was particularly distressing for the victim as he had only recently bought the car and his wheelchair was also stolen.
“We ask anyone with any information, or who may have seen someone acting suspiciously in the area around the time, to call us so we can take action.”
Anyone with any information can call police on 0151 777 6842, or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.