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Appeal after children’s wheelchairs taken

Dudley Council has launched an urgent appeal after a trailer containing 10 wheelchairs was stolen from the back of Crystal Leisure Centre in Stourbridge at 8.20pm on Tuesday night (22 February).

The wheelchairs are especially adapted for children and young people with disabilities to use during sport and are a lifeline for sport and PE sessions that are organised across the borough.

An appeal has gone out for anyone to come forward with information about the equipment, which is worth over £18,000 and is usually stored at Earls High School.

All items were marked and can be identified as belonging to Dudley Council. Due to terms on the insurance policy of the centre the items may not be able to be replaced and it is hoped they will be recovered.

Councillor Khurshid Ahmed, cabinet member responsible for leisure centres, said:

“I am sickened by the actions of these heartless thieves. The children and young people who rely on these chairs to participate in some of our sessions are suffering because of their thoughtlessness.”

“I strongly urge anyone who knows anything about the stolen items to contact the police immediately.”

Anyone who has information can call 101 to talk to West Midlands Police quoting reference number 20DY/38199J/17.

Leisure centre activities are part of a borough-wide, council aim to encourage increased participation in sport and physical activity, along with the Let’s Get initiative, which also supports a move towards healthier eating. For more information visit www.lets-get.com and search @letsgetdudley on Twitter.

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