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.