A woman says her autistic son has been left devastated after having his electric scooter stolen.
Carolyn Wilkinson bought her 15-year-old son Thomas the scooter for his birthday which he loved to take out for a ride.
The pair, from Wollaton, went to go watch the trams on the bridge at the Queen’s Medical Centre tram station on Sunday, June 6 – with Carolyn riding a Wind scooter while Thomas took his scooter.
However, an hour later when they returned to where they had parked the scooters, they discovered the lock placed on it had been cut with bolt cutters and the scooter stolen.
Carolyn told Nottinghamshire Live: “He only got it in March for his 15th birthday. He even saved up some pocket money towards it wasn’t cheap. It took many weeks of saving to get it him.
“I am absolutely sickened by this.
“Due to Thomas being autistic he is unable to talk about his feelings and emotions but it’s clearly had a massive effect on him as he’s having lots of panic attacks and meltdowns since. I’m heartbroken for him. “
She added: “I hope they find whoever did this and I wish they could talk to Thomas and realise the effect this has had on him.”
Thomas cannot express his emotions due to his autism however he has had a lot of meltdowns since the scooter was taken, according to his mum.
Carolyn has reported what has happened to police and they are investigating what has happened.
The scooter is a Black Pure Air Scooter with a Blue Camo wrap on the stem – this could be peeled off however, leaving a black stem with the word ‘PURE’.
Carolyn has started a gofundme page to try and raise some money towards a new scooter.
Police Constable Joe Homan of Nottinghamshire Police is leading the investigation.
She said: “The victim is clearly upset following the incident and we are appealing to anyone with any information to come forward to help with our enquiries.
“We are working hard to establish the full circumstances of this incident and checking CCTV footage as part of our ongoing enquiries.
“Officers were called following a report of a theft between 1.45-2.05pm on Sunday (6 June 2021) where a black and blue electric scooter was stolen close to Queen’s Medical Centre in Derby Road.
“Nottinghamshire Police takes all reports of thefts extremely seriously and we are determined to trace the suspect responsible.
“We are determined to get to the bottom of what happened here and believe valuable evidence may have been recorded on dashcam footage by drivers passing by.
“We are appealing to anyone who saw anything suspicious at that time to contact the force by calling 101, quoting incident number 544 of 6 June 2021.”