Oxford

Appeal after photo stolen from WW2 soldier's wheelchair

Catherine Scott-Yeomans and Dennis Yeomans
Image caption Dennis Yeomans and Catherine Scott-Yeomans say they no longer feel safe

The wife of a World War Two veteran is appealing for help after a purse with an "irreplaceable" photo was stolen from his wheelchair.

Catherine Scott-Yeomans, from Headington, Oxford, described the act of stealing from her husband Dennis as "the lowest of the low".

She has put up posters offering a reward to get the picture of her late mother back.

"It's destroying my life, not having that memory," she said.

Image caption She said she always carried a photo of her late mother Margaret

Mrs Scott-Yeomans, 66, and Mr Yeomans, 90, were in Summertown's Marks & Spencer on Monday when the purse was snatched from a bag on the back of the wheelchair while they were distracted.

She said: "To steal from my husband, who is seriously ill with cancer, and myself, was terrible.

"I don't feel safe going out in Oxford."

Image caption Mrs Scott-Yeomans has offered a reward for the return of the photo

She added: "I've always had her photograph. I miss it so much."

Mr Yeomans, who was in The Royal Army Service Corps, said: "I couldn't believe someone would steal from someone in a wheelchair.

"Older people are targeted... many of those ill-treated are people who served king and country."

Store manager Andrew Thomas said staff helped the couple after the theft, and he appealed to the public to return the purse if found.

Image caption Mr Yeomans served in The Royal Army Service Corps

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