Olympic torchbearer's wheelchair stolen in Newcastle
The wheelchair belonging to a teenager who carried the Olympic torch in Newcastle has been stolen.
William Hardy's chair was taken from outside a house at Holly Avenue in Jesmond between 20:00 GMT on Saturday and 14:00 GMT on Sunday, police said.
The 15-year-old lit the cauldron in Newcastle in June 2012 year as part of the Olympic torch relay.
Neighbourhood inspector Louise Cass-Williams, said: "The wheelchair was stolen from outside the house and it's beyond belief that someone would steal it, knowing full well it's an essential piece of equipment for someone who has a disability.
After contracting meningitis when he was 23 months old, William's legs and half his left arm had to be amputated.
Part of me thinks who would do such a thing, and why?
Another part wonders if this is what our society is to become - has the wheelchair been stolen to sell on? Or because someone else needs one and cannot get one?
It honestly beggars belief and tonight my heart goes out to this family.