A KIND motor shop owner has come to the aid of a disabled veteran after crooks pinched his mobility scooter days before Christmas.
Disabled Ron Mitchell, 68, was left devastated when thieves took his scooter from his Copnor home.
The former submariner with the Royal Navy relies on it to get around.
Shocked by the theft, his daughter Debbie Broad issued an appeal over Facebook asking for help.
She said: ‘I was very upset. My dad has got quite a serious back problem.
‘He can’t walk to the end of his road without being in pain and stopping so the mobility scooter is his legs.
‘It’s his independence and to see it not there,
‘I was absolutely horrified.”
Within hours of her appeal, staff from North End Motors rallied and donated a new scooter to the stunned pensioner.
Dan O’Reilly, owner of the motor shop, said the sickening crime had shocked him and his team into action.
He said: ‘It is just disgusting. I can’t believe it.
‘You hear about bikes being stolen but to actually steal a mobility scooter from a disabled old man is the lowest of the low.
‘Anyone with half a heart would never do that.’
Valeter Anthony Clements gave the scooter a full service before it was presented to Ron yesterday afternoon.
The former refrigeration engineer, who retired three years ago, was touched by the gesture.
The 68-year-old has had two knee transplants that left one of his legs shorter than the other which is where is mobility problems began.
He explained: ‘I had one transplant in 2009, the other in 2011 and from 2012, that’s when my back troubles started.
‘I can hardly walk. I have to rely on other people to walk my dog
‘I couldn’t believe that people could stoop so low at this time of year but I’m so touched that these people have offered me the chance of another scooter. It will really make a difference.
‘I was quite low and then you get something like this – these guys coming in and making an offer. It’s fantastic.’
Mr O’Reilly said he was determined to see Ron reunited with his scooter and is offering a £200 reward for information that leads to the return of the vehicle.
The scooter was stolen on Monday.
Those with any detail should contact police by calling 101.