Thieves take 97-year-old man's mobility scooter

Henry Hayes with wife Elsie

Henry Hayes with wife Elsie

First published in Crime

“IT was a mean and selfish act.”

That is how a 97-year-old Hampshire man described the theft of his mobility scooter, which has left him housebound and has stripped him of his independence.

Retired headmaster Henry Hayes looks after his 92-year-old wife Elsie, who has Alzheimer’s disease, and used the scooter to visit the shops. Now the frail pensioner has to rely on his son-in-law, who lives nearby, to take him where he needs to go.

Mr Hayes kept the scooter in the garage beside his bungalow in Hythe, and used it several times a week.

“I’ve no idea why anyone would want to steal it,” he said.

“The battery charger wasn’t taken, so when the battery runs down it won’t go any more.”

Mr Hayes, who bought the vehicle about three years ago, added: “I used it to go to the shops and get the groceries as well as visiting the bank and Hythe’s weekly market.

“The nearest postbox is only 100 yards away but using the scooter to get there and back was easier than walking.

“Stealing it was very mean and selfish.”

His son-in-law, David Webb, said: “Henry is doing very well but his physical abilities are extremely limited.

“The scooter gave him a bit of independence, which he loved.

“Stealing it was a particularly spiteful thing to do.”

Mr Hayes was headmaster of a school in Surrey for 25 years before he and his wife moved to Hythe.

The couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in December.

The scooter, which has a basket on the back and a mirror on the handlebars, was stolen on February 12.

Call PC Jackie Conners at Hythe police station on 101.

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4:00pm Fri 22 Feb 13

commonsence says...

How utterly mean can some people be ?
Admiration to Mr Hayes for looking after his dear wife. I do hope your scooter is found in one piece sir .
How utterly mean can some people be ? Admiration to Mr Hayes for looking after his dear wife. I do hope your scooter is found in one piece sir . commonsence
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5:53pm Fri 22 Feb 13

sotonbev says...

I despise people who pick on the elderly, probably young yobs again, what a sweet looking couple they are too, I hope whoever did this gets caught and made to buy the gentleman a new one, the **** heads.
I despise people who pick on the elderly, probably young yobs again, what a sweet looking couple they are too, I hope whoever did this gets caught and made to buy the gentleman a new one, the **** heads. sotonbev
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6:20pm Fri 22 Feb 13

bigfella777 says...

How much lower could a human being possibly stoop?
What next, the theft somebodys prosthetic limb?
How much lower could a human being possibly stoop? What next, the theft somebodys prosthetic limb? bigfella777
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7:25pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Inform Al says...

Make, model and colour would be handy to know, we could keep our eyes open for it then.
Make, model and colour would be handy to know, we could keep our eyes open for it then. Inform Al
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9:07am Sat 23 Feb 13

The Mad Dog says...

Inform Al wrote:
Make, model and colour would be handy to know, we could keep our eyes open for it then.
The Echo don't seem to do 'helpful' where Police reports like this are concerned. Get the impression they deliberately leave stuff out to attract negative comments about the Police.

Anyway, direct from the Hants Police web site:
""The red scooter with a rear basket and mirror on the handlebars was taken from the garage of a home in Butts Ash Lane, Hythe, between noon and 7pm Monday, February 12.""
[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: Make, model and colour would be handy to know, we could keep our eyes open for it then.[/p][/quote]The Echo don't seem to do 'helpful' where Police reports like this are concerned. Get the impression they deliberately leave stuff out to attract negative comments about the Police. Anyway, direct from the Hants Police web site: ""The red scooter with a rear basket and mirror on the handlebars was taken from the garage of a home in Butts Ash Lane, Hythe, between noon and 7pm Monday, February 12."" The Mad Dog
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10:20am Sat 23 Feb 13

Inform Al says...

The Mad Dog wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
Make, model and colour would be handy to know, we could keep our eyes open for it then.
The Echo don't seem to do 'helpful' where Police reports like this are concerned. Get the impression they deliberately leave stuff out to attract negative comments about the Police.

Anyway, direct from the Hants Police web site:
""The red scooter with a rear basket and mirror on the handlebars was taken from the garage of a home in Butts Ash Lane, Hythe, between noon and 7pm Monday, February 12.""
Thank you, we can almost safely assume then that it is a shoprider, shame as this is the most common.
[quote][p][bold]The Mad Dog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: Make, model and colour would be handy to know, we could keep our eyes open for it then.[/p][/quote]The Echo don't seem to do 'helpful' where Police reports like this are concerned. Get the impression they deliberately leave stuff out to attract negative comments about the Police. Anyway, direct from the Hants Police web site: ""The red scooter with a rear basket and mirror on the handlebars was taken from the garage of a home in Butts Ash Lane, Hythe, between noon and 7pm Monday, February 12.""[/p][/quote]Thank you, we can almost safely assume then that it is a shoprider, shame as this is the most common. Inform Al
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6:56pm Sun 24 Feb 13

DavidL89 says...

I just saw this story on the TV, and spent a good 10 minutes looking for it online. I am discusted at the people responsible, but moreso are the couple able to get a new scooter? I would certainly donate money for a new one and am sure many others would too.
I just saw this story on the TV, and spent a good 10 minutes looking for it online. I am discusted at the people responsible, but moreso are the couple able to get a new scooter? I would certainly donate money for a new one and am sure many others would too. DavidL89
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8:09pm Sun 24 Feb 13

Sarah38uk says...

Someone is selling one of these scooters on a local facebay, why don't we organise a wip round and get this for this gentleman?? Email me on Rsthomasfamily@aol.c
om
Just a thought. It's going for £300 but they will take an. Offer????
Someone is selling one of these scooters on a local facebay, why don't we organise a wip round and get this for this gentleman?? Email me on Rsthomasfamily@aol.c om Just a thought. It's going for £300 but they will take an. Offer???? Sarah38uk
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11:13pm Sun 24 Feb 13

Inform Al says...

Sarah38uk wrote:
Someone is selling one of these scooters on a local facebay, why don't we organise a wip round and get this for this gentleman?? Email me on Rsthomasfamily@aol.c

om
Just a thought. It's going for £300 but they will take an. Offer????
That's about the right price for a second hand shoprider. I bought one about a year ago for general use in the supported accommodation where I live, be careful though I had to buy new batteries and the cheapest I could find on line was £150.
[quote][p][bold]Sarah38uk[/bold] wrote: Someone is selling one of these scooters on a local facebay, why don't we organise a wip round and get this for this gentleman?? Email me on Rsthomasfamily@aol.c om Just a thought. It's going for £300 but they will take an. Offer????[/p][/quote]That's about the right price for a second hand shoprider. I bought one about a year ago for general use in the supported accommodation where I live, be careful though I had to buy new batteries and the cheapest I could find on line was £150. Inform Al
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