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Thieves steal four-year-old's wheelchair and Christmas presents

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Media captionThe mother of a four-year-old girl from Warrington who has cerebral palsy is pleading with thieves to return their daughter's wheelchair.

A girl with cerebral palsy has "had her Christmas stolen" after burglars stole her wheelchair and presents, leaving her housebound and "heartbroken".

The chair, a grey Ford Kuga car it was inside, presents and money were taken during a break-in on King George Crescent, Warrington on Saturday night.

Cheshire Police said it meant four-year-old Lydia, who also has hydrocephalus, "cannot get out".

Lydia's mother Sarah Cooper said: "It is a kick in the teeth for Lydia."

She added the burglars had "stolen Christmas".

Ms Cooper said: "They could have kept the car just leave Lydia's chair and helmet alone.

"It is just very, very unfair - I feel so angry and upset."

Det Con Vicky Goodwin said the burglars had been "callous and heartless".

"Burglary is a traumatic event in most people's lives - in this case, it is compounded by the fact this family will have no presents for Christmas and won't be able to get around without the wheelchair," she said.

"To think this little girl has had her Christmas ruined is such a shame. Whoever committed this is callous and heartless."

She said the family, who were asleep upstairs during the break-in, only cared about getting the chair back, adding that it was a "shocking pink" custom-made Action Junior wheelchair which had taken "months to get".

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Image caption Lydia's chair is a "shocking pink" custom-made Action Junior wheelchair, police said

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