Thieves target disabled charity

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A CHARITY for the disabled in Doncaster has been shattered by the theft of more than £50,000 worth of adapted vehicles from their base in two separate raids.

The thefts could have a major impact on the delivery of their services, say DIAL Doncaster, the advisory service, which has been providing support for disabled people in the town for nearly 30 years.

DIAL had recently taken delivery of a High Dependency Mobile Changing Unit trailer for disabled people and a specially adapted Ford people carrier.

Both were to be available for hire, to help towards DIAL’s sustainability, but over the past two weekends both have been stolen from their premises on the Shaw Wood business park, Wheatley Hills.

Police have since recovered the changing unit trailer but it has been trashed and the damage is still being assessed by insurers.

Pamela Arrand, chief executive of DIAL Doncaster, said: “It is appalling that thieves have targeted facilities that disabled people would use. What a senseless act of vandalism.

“We have since received news that the High Dependency Mobile Changing Unit has been recovered but were devastated to learn that the thieves have totally vandalised it, the cost of repairs will hit DIAL hard.”

The trailer was found dumped in Hamilton Close, Hyde Park, six days after it was stolen on August 13-14.

DIAL is now looking into enhancing security around the premises, such as CCTV cameras.

“But of course in the current climate cost is always a barrier. If anyone can help, please contact our Helpline on 01302 327800,” she said. n Contact police on 0114 2202020 quoting incident 209 of August 15 or 302 of August 22.