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Cruel thieves steal & torch Bristol pensioner’s mobility scooter

Brian James and Arthur Panes with their new mobility scootersA pensioner from Withywood in Bristol who was left stranded at home after callous thieves stole and burnt his mobility scooter has had some good news.

Arthur Panes, 88, was devastated when criminals stole his £2,000 scooter from outside his sheltered accommodation in Bearbridge Road. Mr Panes was forced to store the mobility scooter outside after the fire service told Brunelcare, who run the accomodation, it was a fire hazard.

Now a mobility scooter has been donated to Arthur Panes and Brunelcare are providing a lockable storage space and access ramp to keep it safe. A statement from the company indicated Brunelcare has been supporting Arthur Panes and has been in regular contact with his family since his mobility scooter theft.

The statement read: “We are pleased to update you that a donated mobility scooter has been obtained by Arthur’s family and is now being stored in the lockable facility at Brunelcare’s site. We are spending over £5,000 on a new ramp to the lockable store, so that Arthur will be able to access his scooter easily. We are also supporting the family with sourcing mobility scooter insurance. As soon as all this has been done, we hope Arthur will be able to enjoy getting out and about again on his new mobility scooter.”

Arthur Panes and neighbour Brian James both had their mobility scooters stolen and destroyed in October. A mobility scooter was donated to Mr Panes by a family friend and his is now able to travel to the shop independently. He said: “It’s a lovely mobility scooter. I’m feeling a bit better. I’ve broken down a couple of times. Thank you. I’m so grateful to everyone.”

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