Tyne & Wear

Thieves steal van used by disabled boy's family

Cameron Hall Image copyright Joanne Hall
Image caption The van had a rear lift for teenager Cameron

A County Durham mum said she has been left without vital support for her teenage son after a burglar took the family's specially adapted vehicle.

The white VW Caravelle, which has a rear lift and was valued at about £50,000, was stolen on Friday.

It is believed intruders entered the house in Witton Garth, Peterlee, through the adjoining garage.

Joanne Hall said the family cannot take 15-year-old Cameron, who has cerebral palsy, to hospital appointments.

Ms Hall, 34, had been asleep on the living room sofa, while her partner Chris Kitching and her 18-month-old daughter Olivia were sleeping upstairs.

Cameron was staying with relatives.

She said: "I woke up startled - a man was standing in the doorway.

"It was horrible. It's ruined our lives. We can't go out anywhere and can't take Cameron to hospital appointments.

"I can't sleep at all. I wake up all the time because of little, tiny noises."

Det Insp Dave Cuthbert, of Durham Police, said the family "are being put through a huge amount of stress and inconvenience".

Also taken was a 14ct strawberry gold engagement ring and a boxed iPad Air which was to have been a Christmas present for Cameron.

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