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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-16-12

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Photographer in wheelchair robbed in daylight and taken to Hospital

ON 12 December 2017, at around 12.30pm, a man in his 30's, was in his wheelchair on the Wirral Way, within the area of Ashton Park, West Kirby, UK, taking photographs. Sadly he was approached by 2 unknown men who tipped him out of his wheelchair and stole his camera and other equipment. The men ran off with the property. The victim was taken to Hospital as a precaution.

The men are described as white, aged 30 to 40. 1 of the males is reported to have been wearing a black coat and the other wearing a blue coat. CCTV and witness inquiries are ongoing and detectives are urging anyone with information to come forward.

Merseyside Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward with information by contacting the Police on:- 101 quoting incident number:- '0517318639' or calling Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.

Police have also received information about a film crew is said to have been in the area around the time of the offense and may have possibly filmed the offenders. If you were part of that film crew or have any information please contact Detective Constable Kev Thomas on:- (+44) 0151 777 2258.

Detective Inspector Paul Lamb said:- "It is despicable that a man in a wheelchair could be targeted in this way and we are determined to find those responsible and bring them to justice. The victim is being supported by Officers and we take any reports of robbery extremely seriously, but to target someone vulnerable is particularly alarming. I think the community would agree that these men need identifying and removing from the streets. I would ask that anyone in the area of Ashton Park around 12.30pm and saw the incident, or any men matching the description running away gets in contact. Likewise, if you have been offered a camera on any equipment in the area, do the right thing and come forward immediately."


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