POLICE stepped in after thieves stopped a 95-year-old pensioner getting out and about.
Frank Martin was left devastated after a metal ramp allowing him access to his mobility scooter was stolen from his residential accommodation block.
The OAP relies on the scooter for independence, and can regularly be seen driving around Thorney Close, doing his shopping.
But when thieves stole the aluminium ramp which allows Frank to get in and out of the scooter’s shed, the pensioner was left high and dry.
It meant his trips to the barber’s and chip shop were put on hold, and because the pensioner struggles to walk, his day-to-day life was disrupted.
Police were called and an investigation is now under way into the theft.
Touched by Frank’s plight, Pc Patrick Scott, from Farringdon, decided to step in. With a little help from Northumbria Police’s Charities’ Fund, he bought a new ramp for Frank.
The ramp was presented to the OAP at his home in Greenside Court.
Frank said: “I was left so disappointed when the ramp was taken. So when the police replaced it so quickly, it was fantastic. I couldn’t thank them enough, and it’s made a real difference to my life.”
Sergeant Kevin Jones, Neighbourhood Sergeant for the area, said: “We’re really pleased we were able to help out Mr Martin.
“We know the ramp was essential for him to be able to access his mobility scooter which, in turn, allows him his independence.
“I’d continue to appeal for any witnesses to the theft to come forward as our inquiries continue.”
Paul Andre, Northumbria Police Charities Fund Trustee for Sunderland, said: “We were more than happy to offer funding for this new ramp for Mr Martin through the Charities’ Fund, which helps individuals, organisations and good causes throughout the area.”
Anyone with information about the theft is asked to contact police on 101, ext 69191.