New walker on order for scrap metal victim

EXCITED Aston Muff
EXCITED Aston Muff
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LITTLE Aston Muff has been measured up for a new walking frame after his own was snatched by metal thieves.

The walker – which will replace the one taken from Aston’s home in Harleston Road, Wymering – should arrive in the next few weeks.

The six-year-old’s mum, Susan, said the replacement walker will restore Aston’s independence.

She added: ‘He’s chuffed to bits that he’s getting a new one, he can’t wait for it to arrive.

‘He keeps talking about getting another red one because he loved his old one.’

The new walker was paid for through donations from generous readers of The News after the theft was reported.

An additional £1,420 also pledged by readers has been donated to the Child Development Centre and Enable Ability – who both provide services for Aston.

Susan added: ‘I couldn’t believe the response we got and how many people wanted to help, it was just amazing.

‘It just goes to show there are some really good people out there – I even had the fire service at my door asking if they could buy him a whole new frame.’

Police believe the frame belonging to Aston – who has cerebral palsy – was taken for scrap metal, amid a series of cases where metal has been stolen.