Couple trapped as thieves steal ramp

STUCK INSIDE: Lewis and Amanda Bishop at their doorway.

STUCK INSIDE: Lewis and Amanda Bishop at their doorway.

First published in Worcester Worcester News: Sarah Hickinbotham by

A DISABLED couple have become prisoners in their own home after thieves stole a metal access ramp.

Lewis Bishop, who has cerebral palsy and asthma, heard a loud bang outside his ground floor flat in Selsey Close, Warndon, Worcester, at about 5.30pm on Sunday.

He later discovered a specially-made fold-up aluminium ramp he and his wife use to get in and out of their property had gone.

Mr Bishop, who can only walk short distances, said the theft meant his wife was housebound until the new year as the couple would not be able to obtain another ramp until after Christmas due to the cost and the fact it has to be made to order.

The 38-year-old said: “I have a mobility scooter but mine stays outside. My wife’s got one she uses to get everywhere because she’s got two slipped discs and an infection in her right leg, which is being amputated next year.

“We could do without the stress. This isn’t the first time something has happened. Two years ago, my mobility scooter was sabotaged. We’re very, very angry. My wife can’t get out and she can’t use her scooter at all now. We’d like to urge people to keep an eye out for our ramp and to contact police if they see it. We suspect metal thieves have taken it because of its scrap value.”

PC Nicola Longmore, of West Mercia Police, said: “We are investigating the theft of the ramp, but we are not yet sure why someone would steal it; it is not worth very much money.

“However, it has had a huge impact on the Bishops and whoever has taken it should be as-hamed of themselves.”

Anyone with information can call 101 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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9:23pm Sat 15 Dec 12

yamoto says...

i bet if u look on the back of one of those csrap metal vans you will find it. they seem to liketaking things without permission.
i bet if u look on the back of one of those csrap metal vans you will find it. they seem to liketaking things without permission. yamoto
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10:30pm Sat 15 Dec 12

Jabbadad says...

What a sad storey and yes probably on the back of a scrappy in the same way that they were stealing man hole covers without any thoughts to a resulting serious accident for any motorcyclist or cyclist or any vehicle.

But to the problem surely there is a local Carpenter who would quickly knock a temporary ramp up out of a few bits of timber. Come on someone, HELP THIS UNFORTUNATE COUPLE OUT. Wish I were younger and more able would be there in a flash.
What a sad storey and yes probably on the back of a scrappy in the same way that they were stealing man hole covers without any thoughts to a resulting serious accident for any motorcyclist or cyclist or any vehicle. But to the problem surely there is a local Carpenter who would quickly knock a temporary ramp up out of a few bits of timber. Come on someone, HELP THIS UNFORTUNATE COUPLE OUT. Wish I were younger and more able would be there in a flash. Jabbadad
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1:57pm Sun 16 Dec 12

More Tea Vicar says...

What a horrible story.

The couple's general situation is enough to put most of our 'problems' into perspective, and the thought that people could do this to them is quite appalling.

Good luck to them in getting a replacement, and to the police in tracking down the perpetrators.
What a horrible story. The couple's general situation is enough to put most of our 'problems' into perspective, and the thought that people could do this to them is quite appalling. Good luck to them in getting a replacement, and to the police in tracking down the perpetrators. More Tea Vicar
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5:59pm Sun 16 Dec 12

moonpig says...

I would hope that a kindly neighbour would come and help lift the scooter out of the house for them when needed.
I would hope that a kindly neighbour would come and help lift the scooter out of the house for them when needed. moonpig
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12:19pm Mon 17 Dec 12

madhatter4883 says...

I have a ramp that I have been trying to sell, its approx 6ft 6 long and folding. I am willing to give it to this couple as this story have really touched me x
I have a ramp that I have been trying to sell, its approx 6ft 6 long and folding. I am willing to give it to this couple as this story have really touched me x madhatter4883
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12:48pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Flomay says...

madhatter4883 wrote:
I have a ramp that I have been trying to sell, its approx 6ft 6 long and folding. I am willing to give it to this couple as this story have really touched me x
what a lovely thing to do. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas madhatter :)
[quote][p][bold]madhatter4883[/bold] wrote: I have a ramp that I have been trying to sell, its approx 6ft 6 long and folding. I am willing to give it to this couple as this story have really touched me x[/p][/quote]what a lovely thing to do. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas madhatter :) Flomay
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