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Rascal mobility scooters targeted in Dorset thefts

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Police have launched an appeal for witnesses after mobility scooters were targeted in a theft at some flats in Verwood, Dorset.

They say two scooters were taken sometimebetween 10.30pm on Wednesday 24 April and 8am on Thursday 25 April 2019.

The mobility scooters were both new Rascal models, manufactured by Electric Mobility. One is red and the other black.

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Police Sergeant Jane Moore, of East Dorset Police, said: “Both the victims rely on their mobility scooters and have understandably been left upset at losing their essential transport.

“I am appealing for any witnesses to the theft, or anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in the area of Howard Road on the night of Wednesday 24 April 2019, to contact police.

“We would also like to hear from anyone who comes across a mobility scooter matching the descriptions given in unusual circumstances.”

Thefts of mobility scooters have increased in most areas in the last few years, despite a number of advances such as equipment registration and keyless ignition.

West Midlands Police estimate that thefts of motorised vehicles, including mobility scooters, has tripled in recent years. Between 2014 and 2017 West Midlands Police reported 25 stolen scooters in its constabulary.

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