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Thieves stole woman’s freedom

Michelle Oglesby of Holmesfield, who has had her specially adapted quad bike stolen.

Michelle Oglesby of Holmesfield, who has had her specially adapted quad bike stolen.

A disabled woman is appealing for help after her specially-adapted quad bike was stolen.

Wheelchair-bound Michelle Oglesby, 48, of Cowley Riding School, at Holmesfield, has been struggling to get out and about and oversee her business since her quad bike was stolen.

She said: “My mother went down to the barn where the quad bike is kept and found the padlock had been cut and the vehicle was missing.

“It is a specially-adapted quad bike that allows me to get involved with my business and I’m desperate to get it back or to get a replacement some how.”

The offenders cut their way through the padlock on a barn at the school, off Cowley Lane, and are believed to have rolled the vehicle away before possibly loading it into a van.

Michelle was left paralysed from the chest down after a riding accident in 1994 and used the specially-adapted quad bike to get about in difficult rural conditions.

But since the theft she feels she has lost her freedom and become more housebound.

The blue, Suzuki Quad 250 bike was adapted with foot plates, a back rest, a harness and a different gear system and it is valued at up to £4,000.

Police have launched an investigation but have so far struggled to make any progress after the quad bike was stolen during the evening of December 4.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 and anyone wishing to help Michelle get a replacement vehicle is urged to call Derbyshire Times reporter Jon Cooper on 01246 504524.

 

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