Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Disabled boy's walking frame stolen at Portsmouth home

The mother of a disabled six-year-old boy has condemned a thief who stole a walking frame which he relies upon to move around.

It was stolen from the front garden of the home of Aston Muff in Harleston Road, Portsmouth, on 12 August.

Aston and his mother Susan had gone inside for a few minutes and when they returned the red frame, which cost £150, had been taken.

Ms Muff said her son was very upset and now had to rely on his wheelchair.

'Calculated act'

She said: "Aston is a very independent young child and whilst his disability means that he struggles with walking, the frame gives him a small amount of independence when he is with his friends.

"The frame means that he can walk beside his friends and play with them like any other child, without relying on someone else to push him in his wheelchair everywhere."

PC Steve Galmoye-Webster, of Hampshire police, said: "I believe this was a calculated act by someone who must have realised that the walking frame is needed by the owner.

"The walking frame was next to the boy's school bag and was obviously still in use."

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