Mobility scooter burnt by yobs

Paul Hardman with Dad, Thomas Hardman, 77 from Leyland who had his mobility scooter stolen from outside his home, he is pictured with his new scooter

Paul Hardman with Dad, Thomas Hardman, 77 from Leyland who had his mobility scooter stolen from outside his home, he is pictured with his new scooter

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Thieves have been condemned for stealing an elderly Leyland man’s mobility scooter and torching it.

Grandad-of-six Thomas Hardman relied on the £1,200 scooter to get him out and about to the shops and to collect his pension.

But the electric-powered vehicle was stolen from outside his flat in Farington, near Leyland, in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Thieves cut through a padlock and made off with the scooter, which had a top speed of 8mph. It was abandoned a few miles away on Moss Lane after being set alight.

Widower Mr Hardman, 77, has been forced to fork out £280 for a replacement to stop him getting stuck in the house while he waits to hear from his insurance company.

Mr Hardman said: “I got up last Saturday morning, went outside and all there was was the cover.

“When I rang the police, they said they had found a scooter up Moss Lane but it had been burnt.

“It was my lifeline. I used it for going out shopping and out for a ride.

“I need it because I’ve got arthritis in my knee.”

The theft is believed to have happened between 4am and 7.30am on Saturday.

Thomas’s son Paul, 47, told the Guardian: “Why would someone steal a mobility scooter and then destroy it for no reason?

“What’s the fun in that?

“My dad needs it to go around Leyland - it’s good for him to have the freedom to get out on the scooter.”

A Lancashire police spokesman confirmed the scooter had been found burnt out on land in Moss Lane and said officers were investigating the incident.