Thieves steal van used by disabled boy

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A MUM has been left without vital support for her teenage son after burglars stole the family’s specially adapted vehicle.

At around 10.30pm on Friday thieves crept in through the adjoining garage of a detached house in Witton Garth in Peterlee.

Joanne Hall, 34, was asleep on the sofa in the living room while her partner, Chris Kitching and her 18-month-old daughter, Olivia were asleep upstairs.

Her 15-year-old son Cameron, who has cerebral palsy, was staying with relatives on the night.

Joanne was awoken by a hooded figure standing over her, she screamed and the man ran from the home.

Police say she thinks there may have been another person also in the house and one or both managed to escape with the keys to their VW Caravelle – registration NX 14 OBO – which they then drove away.

The people carrier, which is white in colour is valued at around £50,000 and has been specially adapted with a lift in the rear to allow independent access for Cameron.

The vehicle was running low on fuel it may have needed to stop for diesel nearby.

Its whereabouts are unknown and there have been no sightings of it since Friday night.

Also during the burglary a laptop was taken, a Levian 14ct strawberry gold engagement ring and a white iPad Air which was still wrapped and in its box.

This was meant to be a Christmas present for Cameron.

Detective Inspector Dave Cuthbert said: “The family are being put through a huge amount of stress and inconvenience as a result of the burglary. If anyone thinks they have seen the vehicle on the roads at any time we would urge them to contact us.”

Anyone with information should ring the crime team at Peterlee via 101 or Crimestoppers, 0800 555111.