Northamptonshire basketball club fundraises to replace stolen wheelchairs

Chris Dabbs of the Phoenix Basketball Club
Image caption Chris Dabbs said the wheelchairs were priceless for the children who used them

A fundraising website has been setup to raise money to replace wheelchairs stolen from a basketball club for disabled youngsters.

Wellingborough Phoenix Wheelchair Basketball Club had 15 of the specially modified sports wheelchairs stolen from a trailer outside its base on Weavers Road earlier in December.

After receiving offers of help from the public the club launched the website to collect donations.

Replacement chairs will cost £20,000.

Chris Dabbs, chairman of Wellingborough Phoenix Wheelchair Basketball Club, said the wheelchairs were priceless for the children who used them.

'Offering help'

He added that a lot of people had already come forward to offer their help following the thefts.

Police are still appealing for anyone with information about the theft between 18 and 19 December to contact them.

District commander Ch Insp Vaughan Clarke said: "This is a despicable crime which will affect the lives of disabled people.

"We are appealing to the conscience of those that are aware of what has happened to the trailer and wheelchairs to call either us or Crimestoppers so that we can return them to Wellingborough Phoenix Wheelchair Basketball Club."

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