Thieves steal bag from man’s wheelchair

Colin Phelps, 44, had his bag stolen from the back of his wheelchair at Bury Leisure Centre on Tuesday.
Colin Phelps, 44, had his bag stolen from the back of his wheelchair at Bury Leisure Centre on Tuesday.
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Heartless thieves have stolen a disabled man’s bag from the back of his wheelchair outside Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre.

Colin Phelps, 44, was waiting to be picked up by his step daughter at around midday on Tuesday after being referred to the gym by his physiotherapist.

At around 12.15pm, Colin noticed his bag had been taken.

Mr Phelps, of Boyne Road, Bury, said he could not believe people could be so cruel.

“What sort of people steal from a disabled man in a wheelchair.

“I think it is absolutely disgusting.”

In April Mr Phelps, who lost his leg when he was a baby, spent 12 weeks in hospital with an infection, three in intensive care.

“I had mental health problems and depression last year, was in hospital at the beginning of the year and am lucky to be alive from that – and now this,” he said.

“It’s just one thing after another.”

Colin said on Thursday the leisure centre called to say they has found his bag on the running track but his wallet, car keys, house keys and cash were missing.

He said: “The staff at the leisure centre have been very good.

“They rang to say they had found my bag but the only thing left in it were my glasses.”

Colin said the days since his bag was stolen have been a real strain as he has had to change the locks on his car and house.

“On Tuesday night we hardly got any sleep,” he said.

“We were in the house that night with the old locks still in place. We didn’t know whether they would come back for more, they knew where I lived and had my keys.

“It has been very frightening.”

Police are appealing for witnesses who may information relating to the crime.

If you saw anything suspicious on that day call PC Peter Griffith on 101.