‘I worked for years to earn a bit... now he’s taken it away’

Micky Evans pictured on his mobility scooter. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (102729-750)
Micky Evans pictured on his mobility scooter. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (102729-750)
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A DISABLED man has told of his anger after a thief snatched his life savings.

Disabled Micky Evans, 71, was left penniless when £9,000 was stolen from the front of his mobility scooter.

The retired Portsmouth dock worker was saving the money to pass on to his children when he dies.

He had withdrawn the cash after watching a television programme about bank fraud and became worried his money wasn’t safe.

Paul Cox, 43, followed Mr Evans home after seeing him take the savings out of his bank.

He then surprised the pensioner in the doorway of his home in Arundel Street, Landport, and grabbed a plastic bag containing the cash.

Mr Evans said the experience had left him devastated and afraid to leave the house.

‘It made me very angry and frightened,’ he said.

‘It all happened so quickly that at first I couldn’t believe it, I just sat there while he ran away.

‘I worked for years to earn a bit that I could give my children, and now I don’t even have enough to go and visit them.

‘After it happened I didn’t go outside for days, it hit me hard and it was only my wonderful family that kept me going.

‘The worst thing is it takes away your dignity, because you feel completely helpless.’

Some of the money Mr Evans was saving came from compensation he received after contracting asbestosis from working in Portsmouth Dockyard.

But as the savings were not insured, police said there is little chance of the cash being recovered. Cox, of Furze Lane, Milton, who has pleaded guilty to theft, is believed to have spent it all.

He was remanded in custody and will be sentenced at Portsmouth Crown Court on March 11.

Mr Evans, who suffers from Parkinson’s, has an inoperable tumour and an amputated leg.

He said: ‘I hope the man who did it isn’t allowed to do this to anyone else. It worries me to think of someone so heartless running into an old woman at night. What happened to me was bad, but it could have been even worse.’

He said he is trying to save enough from his pension to afford a trip to Newcastle where his daughter and her family live.

‘That’s what keeps me going,’ he said. ‘It will be hard, but it gives me something to look forward to, a bit of hope when I’m feeling low.’

Detective Constable Chris Dinenage said: ‘This was a despicable crime where Mr Cox targeted Mr Evans and took advantage of his age and vulnerability. He followed him for some distance before tricking him and taking the money that he had worked all his life for and depended so badly on.

‘It is believed that Mr Cox has spent all of the money he stole and now has no money of his own to compensate Mr Evans.

‘This money was supposed to make the remaining years of Mr Evans’ life happier.’