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Wheelchairs stolen from disabled boy in Fife

Thieves who stole wheelchairs belonging to a disabled boy from his garden in Fife are being sought by police.

The specially developed chairs were in Warout Brae in Glenrothes when they were stolen overnight between Friday and Saturday.

Police said both wheelchairs were specially adapted for the six-year-old boy, who suffers from cerebral palsy.

They said "various lines of enquiry" are under way to recover the chairs and to track down the thieves.

One of the chairs is medium-sized, metallic red with spoke wheels, while the other is small, black with yellow disk wheels and smiley faces.

Con Billijane Ballingall, of Police Scotland, said: "This is the most despicable of crimes, which has left the young boy and his family extremely distressed.

"Both wheelchairs assist in improving the victim's quality of life and independence and we are keen to hear from anyone who can help us in reuniting the items with their owner.

"In addition, anyone who remembers seeing any suspicious activity in Warout Brae on Friday evening or the early hours of Saturday morning is asked to contact police immediately."

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