East Lancs mum’s fury as disabled son’s adapted bike stolen

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Andrew Clough with his bike which has been returned damaged Andrew Clough with his bike which has been returned damaged

THE mum of a disabled Barrowford man has spoken of her fury after his specially built bike was stolen from outside their home.

Gilly McHattie launched an online campaign asking for help in tracing the bike, which was taken from the family’s front garden in Stansfield Close.

It was returned a day later after a teenage boy sent Mrs McHattie a message on Facebook to say he had found it.

The 47-year-old, who cares full time for son Andrew Clough, said: “I’m very disappointed in the person who took it.

“I don’t know if they knew they were stealing from a disabled person or not, but they should not be stealing in the first place. I’m angrier than I am upset.”

Mrs McHattie said her 22-year-old son, who has Down’s Syndrome, was also upset by the theft of the red £650 bike, which has three wheels, an extra wide seat for his comfort, a storage box at the back, and ‘hubcaps’.

It does not have any brakes, instead slowing down when its user does not pedal, and can be collapsed into two for easy storage and handling.

“It was taken at around noon on Friday and returned on Saturday, although it is now damaged and cannot be used.

Mrs McHattie said: “My son was in respite care, and we went to collect him.

The bike was outside the house.

When we came back it was still there, but then we went to Asda for an hour.

“When we came back, the bike was gone.

“I reported it straight away to the police. They told me to share it on Facebook.

“A man sent me a picture, which shows four boys taking it down a pavement.

“The picture was taken near where we live.”

The family now face an anxious wait to see if the bike can be repaired.

Mrs McHattie, who said the theft took place following a recent spate of vandalism and anti-social behaviour, added: “Whoever took it has buckled it where it folds, but at least we have it back.”

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5:29pm Mon 7 Jul 14

noddy57 says...

Thieving toerags comes to mind !! if they catch them which is highly unlikely they should be forced to work weekends in Halford,s for nothing repairing customers bikes.
Thieving toerags comes to mind !! if they catch them which is highly unlikely they should be forced to work weekends in Halford,s for nothing repairing customers bikes. noddy57
  • Score: 5

6:31pm Mon 7 Jul 14

child44 says...

noddy57 wrote:
Thieving toerags comes to mind !! if they catch them which is highly unlikely they should be forced to work weekends in Halford,s for nothing repairing customers bikes.
Why on earth would Halfords' customers want scum like that repairing their bikes? They should be forced to fix your car.
[quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: Thieving toerags comes to mind !! if they catch them which is highly unlikely they should be forced to work weekends in Halford,s for nothing repairing customers bikes.[/p][/quote]Why on earth would Halfords' customers want scum like that repairing their bikes? They should be forced to fix your car. child44
  • Score: 5

6:40pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Colne2 says...

They should be made to replace this bike.... Nothing's safe nowadays..
They should be made to replace this bike.... Nothing's safe nowadays.. Colne2
  • Score: 9

6:41pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Eric Shawn says...

Might help it we could see the pic of the four (****) boys taking it.
Might help it we could see the pic of the four (****) boys taking it. Eric Shawn
  • Score: 7

12:35am Tue 8 Jul 14

Mr Banford says...

have to give a bit of credit to the boy that "found it". possibly he was one of the boys that stole it in the first place but at least he shows some morals.

you cant leave anything out in the open these days.
kids have to be bad boys to impress their mates but when they get caught they get a slap on the wrists and a caution is classed as a badge of honour.
society sucks.
have to give a bit of credit to the boy that "found it". possibly he was one of the boys that stole it in the first place but at least he shows some morals. you cant leave anything out in the open these days. kids have to be bad boys to impress their mates but when they get caught they get a slap on the wrists and a caution is classed as a badge of honour. society sucks. Mr Banford
  • Score: 5

3:10pm Tue 8 Jul 14

useyourhead says...

I shared this on facebook when it happened and was glad to see they had got it back at least.

also good to see they edited the original plea for help to reflect this, everyone should do that then we don't have old stuff going round and round being shared for years taking attention from the current outstanding stuff, its a pet peeve of mine when people ask for help and for things to be shared for whatever reason but don't say when it happened or where quite often, just assuming everyone will know.

personally i have a bit of a rule, if you don't state when and where then expect that i wont share.

it undermines the effectiveness of the whole thing and this poor chap may never have seen his bike again without it.
I shared this on facebook when it happened and was glad to see they had got it back at least. also good to see they edited the original plea for help to reflect this, everyone should do that then we don't have old stuff going round and round being shared for years taking attention from the current outstanding stuff, its a pet peeve of mine when people ask for help and for things to be shared for whatever reason but don't say when it happened or where quite often, just assuming everyone will know. personally i have a bit of a rule, if you don't state when and where then expect that i wont share. it undermines the effectiveness of the whole thing and this poor chap may never have seen his bike again without it. useyourhead
  • Score: 1

7:41pm Tue 8 Jul 14

GillyMcJ says...

Mr Banford wrote:
have to give a bit of credit to the boy that "found it". possibly he was one of the boys that stole it in the first place but at least he shows some morals.

you cant leave anything out in the open these days.
kids have to be bad boys to impress their mates but when they get caught they get a slap on the wrists and a caution is classed as a badge of honour.
society sucks.
I'm the mum of this lad. There is a picture on my facebook page /gillymcj. Sadly it only shows the back of the 4 boys.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Banford[/bold] wrote: have to give a bit of credit to the boy that "found it". possibly he was one of the boys that stole it in the first place but at least he shows some morals. you cant leave anything out in the open these days. kids have to be bad boys to impress their mates but when they get caught they get a slap on the wrists and a caution is classed as a badge of honour. society sucks.[/p][/quote]I'm the mum of this lad. There is a picture on my facebook page /gillymcj. Sadly it only shows the back of the 4 boys. GillyMcJ
  • Score: 0

7:43pm Tue 8 Jul 14

GillyMcJ says...

Eric Shawn wrote:
Might help it we could see the pic of the four (****) boys taking it.
I'm the mum of this lad. There is a picture on my facebook page /gillymcj. Sadly it only shows the back of the 4 boys.
[quote][p][bold]Eric Shawn[/bold] wrote: Might help it we could see the pic of the four (****) boys taking it.[/p][/quote]I'm the mum of this lad. There is a picture on my facebook page /gillymcj. Sadly it only shows the back of the 4 boys. GillyMcJ
  • Score: 0
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