Thief snatches Sheffield gran’s scooter

Katherine and Edgar Tissington, of Lowedges Crescent, Lowedges, stood at the back door of their home. Mrs Tissington's mobility scooter was stolen from outside the back door, where it was hidden from view behind a wall.
Katherine and Edgar Tissington, of Lowedges Crescent, Lowedges, stood at the back door of their home. Mrs Tissington's mobility scooter was stolen from outside the back door, where it was hidden from view behind a wall.
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A great-grandmother who served her country during World War Two has been left housebound after a ‘lowlife’ thief stole her mobility scooter.

Former Royal Artillery servicewoman Katherine Tissington, aged 92, can no longer visit the shops or nearby park as she struggles to walk because of deep vein thrombosis.

The scooter - worth around £300 - was taken from the garden of the home in Lowedges, Sheffield, she shares with blind husband Edgar, also 92.

Katherine, who served in the forces for more than five years, working as a ‘predictor’ on gunner planes, said: “I used the scooter every day but I can never go out now.

“We’ve just got to stay in and wait, I can’t go out, and that’s it.

“It’s not fair. You fight in the war and do all you can and then somebody does this.

“I don’t know who would do this.”

Relatives are now rallying around to help Katherine and Edgar - who also served in the Royal Artillery during the war.

Grandson Lee Tissington is even travelling over from Leeds to help pick up shopping and run errands.

Daughter-in-law Sandra Tissington, also of Lowedges, said: “Katherine was very shocked and upset to find the scooter had gone, she just burst into tears.

“It was the only way she could get out and have a breather around the park or sometimes up to the shops.

“She has crutches just to get around in the house.

“But now some lowlife has taken it and she is stuck indoors all the time.”

The family are urging anyone with information about the theft to come forward.

Inspector Ian Stubbs, from the South Safer Neighbourhood Team which covers Lowedges, said: “Stealing from people who have limited mobility and rely on a scooter to get them around is disgraceful.

“We will do all we can to identify the culprit, and I would urge anyone who either witnessed the incident or has any information regarding the whereabouts of the scooter to contact the police immediately.”

The scooter is believed to have been stolen some time between 4pm on Thursday, March 7, and 8am the following day.

Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.