A six-year-old Bradford girl facing life-changing surgery to help her walk has had her stolen wheelchair and customised walking frame returned after they were dumped by criminals with a conscience.
As exclusively reported in the Telegraph & Argus last Friday their loss in a burglary at Tyla Anguige’s home had threatened the success of an operation she undergoes this week to fulfil her dream of walking.
The perpetrators are thought to have abandoned the equipment in a snicket, only yards from the family’s house in Burnham Avenue, Bierley, following public condemnation of the crime after it was highlighted in the T&A.
Tyla’s parents, Chrissy Jackson and Darren Anguige, were left devastated when the raiders struck in the early hours of Wednesday last week, stealing electrical items from the living room, and their mobility car, a white BMW 1 series convertible, which had Tyla’s wheelchair and custom-made walking frame in the boot, from their drive.
Tyla, who suffers from spastic diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy, undergoes pioneering spinal surgery at Leeds General Infirmary later this week but follow-up physiotherapy is vital for her to walk again.
A devastated Miss Jackson, 25, had appealed through the T&A for the equipment to be returned safely.
Last night, the relieved mum said: “We have got them back. We can’t believe it.
“Two young men knocked on the door and said: ‘Are these yours?’ They had the wheelchair and walking frame with them. They said they had found them in a snicket less than 100 yards from our front door.
“We are gobsmacked we have got them back, and Tyla is chuffed as well. We were excited about the operation but the theft left us very down.
“Now we can concentrate again on Tyla’s surgery.”
Miss Jackson added: “It must be a burglar with a conscience. They have a heart there somewhere. Let’s hope they carry on using it because it is horrible for anyone to be burgled.”
The family is continuing to appeal for the return of the car.
Miss Jackson said: “It will be difficult without it and we will have to rely on help to get to hospital.
“Tyla chose the car, but we can’t afford to replace it. I urge whoever has it, to have their fun and then leave it somewhere and let someone know.”
Detective Inspector Ben McDonald, of Bradford South CID, said: “It is heartening to see that the chair and frame have been returned. The stolen BMW and electrical items still remain outstanding, however.
“If you have any information about those involved in this burglary or the whereabouts of the remaining items, please contact us.
“Call our non-emergency number 101, or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.”