vandalised wheelchair susan heffernden
A DISABLED woman has been stranded in her house since her mobility scooter was vandalised in the middle of the night last week.
It is the third time Eastcote resident Susan Heffernan, who has spina bifida, has been victim to vandals or thieves targeting the vehicle.
She said it was a disgrace that criminals continued to prey on her vulnerability. “They’ve taken the engine, the exhaust, a wheel and a window, and I’m sure they would have driven off with it if I hadn’t had an alarm fitted after the last time it happened,” she added.
“I was shocked and upset. My bike is my life and without it I can’t leave the house on my own.”
Ms Heffernan’s Nippi machine, bought for about £11,000 eight years ago, is a roadworthy vehicle that can carry her wheelchair. It was parked outside her home in Grooms Drive when it was vandalised at about 12.30am on Tuesday last week.
She uses the vehicle two or three times a week to go shopping. It means she does not have to rely on others to leave the house.
Ms Heffernan’s previous vehicle was stolen, and the Nippi was also taken for a joyride a few years ago before it was recovered.
If you have information about the vandalism, call the local police safer neighbourhoods team on 020 8721 2548.