Car theft torment of Leeds pensioner

Michael Brown.
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A disabled great-grandfather has appealed for the return of the stolen car he describes as his “lifeline”.

Michael Brown’s Ford Fiesta Zetec was taken after a break-in at his home in Latchmere Gardens, West Park, Leeds.

The 75-year-old retired engineer, who has heart and kidney problems, needs the car to get to his regular appointments at St James’s Hospital and Wharfedale Hospital.

Mr Brown, who lives with 73-year-old wife June, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “We are completely lost without it. It’s a lifeline for us.

“Even something like going to the shops is a problem, as they’re half-a-mile away and my wife’s having to do the trip on foot.

“If anyone saw anything or knows something about what has happened to our car, I would be very grateful if they would get in touch with the police.”

The break-in happened between 9.15pm on Friday, February 10, and 7.10am the next day, while Mr Brown and his wife were asleep.

Keys to the black-coloured Fiesta were removed before the car was taken from the street outside.

The vehicle’s registration is NG54 KXY and when it was stolen it had a disabled badge in its glove compartment.

Police are also investigating the theft of a set of number plates from another black-coloured Fiesta in nearby Latchmere Drive between 7.30pm and 9.45pm on February 10.

Officers believe those plates – registration MV53 UWD – may have been placed on the car stolen from the Browns.

Anyone with information about the break-in or the missing Fiesta’s whereabouts is asked to contact Det Con Charlotte Long at North West Leeds Police, via the new 101 non-emergency number.

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