Wheelchair stolen from disabled man in Manchester park

A disabled man has had his wheelchair stolen by a "pathetic" thief while he carried out therapeutic exercises in a Manchester park.

The 52-year-old, who had raised himself out of the chair, was using rails to help him walk around Broadfield Park in Moss Side at 1320 BST on Friday.

A man loaded the wheelchair and a set of keys into a blue van and drove off.

The victim eventually fell to the ground where he was discovered lying in the rain.

'Utterly despicable'

Sgt Stacy Gibson said: "We are thoroughly determined to find the pathetic person responsible and put them in front of the courts to answer for this.

"It is utterly despicable that a criminal is so desperate to benefit from the vulnerability of others that they would steal a disabled man's wheelchair while he exercises.

"If you saw or know something or you know what has happened to the wheelchair stolen, please contact me and be part of serving the justice this thief deserves."

The thief, who is described as white, aged 25 to 30, 5ft 8ins tall with short fair hair, was wearing a white t-shirt and jeans.

He made off in a blue van towards Claremont Road.

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