Wirral man tipped out of wheelchair and robbed in West Kirby

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Merseyside Police detectives are appealing for information after the robbery of a vulnerable man in West Kirby yesterday, 12 December.

At around 12.30pm, the victim, a man in his 30s, was in his wheelchair on the Wirral Way in the area of Ashton Park, taking photographs.

He was approached by two 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 30-40, one wearing a black coat and the other wearing a blue coat. CCTV and witness enquiries are ongoing and detectives are urging anyone with information to come forward.

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 touch. Likewise, if you have been offered a camera on any equipment in the area, do the right thing and come forward immediately.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101 quoting incident number 0517318639 or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


UPDATE:

Merseyside Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward following information received about a film crew, possibly a local Estate Agent’s, around Wirral Way, who may have filmed the offenders.

The film crew are said to have been in the area around the time of the offence at 12.30pm on 12 December.  If you were part of that film crew or have any information please contact Detective Constable Kev Thomas on 0151 777 2258.