Steering wheel theft leaves Brighton Hill cancer victim without a car to get to hospistal for chemotherapy (From Basingstoke Gazette)
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Steering wheel theft leaves Brighton Hill cancer victim without a car to get to hospistal for chemotherapy
THEY may have thought it was a prank – but the actions of cruel thieves who stole a car steering wheel in a bizarre theft mean that a cancer sufferer is now struggling to get to hospital for chemotherapy treatment.
Irene Frampton said she feels “bitter” after thieves targeted her husband John’s Nissan Micra by disconnecting the interior lights, so as not to be seen, and carefully removing the steering wheel.
The 66-year-old, from Headington Close, Brighton Hill, Basingstoke, said: “My husband has chemotherapy three times a week, every three weeks, and he can’t get himself to the hospital and back now. Now he has to rely on my daughter.”
The theft took place some time between 10am on September 17 and 12.30pm the following day, when the car was parked outside the couple’s home in a car park.
Mrs Frampton, a mother-of-two, said: “I’m very bitter. I don’t think it was a revenge attack – I don’t think it was aimed at John.
“It’s such a selfish thing to do and thoughtless. He is a cancer sufferer. Someone knows who did it. I would like the police to find them, I really would, because who knows who else they might be doing it to.”
Mr Frampton, 65, has suffered from prostate cancer for four years, but recently took a turn for the worse and has spent time in hospital after catching an infection.
Mrs Frampton, who is retired, said her daughter, who is a busy mum, has struggled to ferry him to hospital. She added: “She’s very good. But she lives the other side of Popley and it’s a lot to ask her to come backwards and forwards.”
The couple are now looking into having the car fixed after finding the steering wheel dumped in a bush, but Mrs Frampton said it was not worth claiming on insurance and is worried about the cost of repair work to the steering column.
She said it was “bizarre” that the thieves had only taken the steering wheel, when there was a sat nav and radio inside.
PC Dave Cook said: “This crime is unusual in that someone seems to have targeted this man’s car specifically. It is particularly upsetting for him and his family as it is his only means of transport to get to his appointments for his cancer treatment.”
Anyone with information about the theft should contact PC Cook, at Basingstoke CID, on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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