Bassingbourn girl's wheelchair stolen on Southend trip

image captionCerys's wheelchair was custom-made for her by the NHS

An 11-year-old girl's wheelchair has been stolen during a Cambridgeshire youth club's outing to Essex.

Thirty children from Bassingbourn Youth Club were swimming at Southend Tennis & Leisure Centre when the theft happened on Saturday afternoon.

Cerys Hennighan has musculo-skeletal problems and her wheelchair was custom-built by the NHS.

The coach's luggage hold was broken into between 13:30 and 17:00 BST when it was parked on Southchurch Avenue.

Her mother Tracey Hennighan said: "Cerys was upset and dismayed and the children were shocked.

"Why does somebody do that and what use are they going to get out of a wheelchair?

"We'll now have to approach NHS wheelchair services to see where we go now, as I have no idea if she'll be eligible for a replacement or if it's covered by coach or Bassingbourn Youth Club insurance."

Essex Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

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