Thieves who targeted a charity have threatened services for disabled people across Doncaster.
Two new vehicles, a high dependency mobile changing unit for disabled people and an adapted people carrier, worth £52,000 were stolen from Dial Doncaster, the disability advisory service.
The vehicles were to be used for a new hire service for the disabled community to help the charity that has served Doncaster for almost 30 years survive in the face of public sector funding cuts.
The vehicles were taken from the DIAL premises, in Shaw Wood Business Park, Doncaster, some time over the last two weekends.
Chief executive Pamela Arrand, commented ‘It is appalling that thieves have targeted facilities that disabled people would use.
“We have since received news today 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. What a senseless act of vandalis.
“Anyone with information about these incidents should contact the local police.”
The organisation is now considering ways to ensure that they do not fall victims to heartless thieves again and is looking at enhancing security around the premises in Wheatley, by installing CCTV for example.
However, in the current climate of public sector spending cuts, the cost could be prohibitive. Dial is asking if anyone can help them upgrade their security. Contact the grouop’s helpline on 01302 327800.