Amputee's wheelchair stolen from outside Brighton cinema

The Argus: Mick Dabner on his crutches after his wheelchair was stolen Mick Dabner on his crutches after his wheelchair was stolen

An amputee’s electric wheelchair was stolen while he was in a cinema.

Mick Dabner, who lost his leg in a motorcycle crash, was left stranded on his crutches after the theft outside the Duke of York’s Picturehouse in Brighton.

He left the immobilised wheelchair outside the cinema in Preston Circus while he watched Shame, a film being screened as part of the Brighton Film Festival between 6.30pm and 8.30pm on Thursday, November 17.

The 59-year-old, of Brunswick Street East, Hove, said he immobilises the Rascal P200 wheelchair when he goes into shops, pubs or restaurants, as it is easier using crutches.

He said: “I assumed it would be all right. It is a public place.

“You can’t move it. There is a way of disengaging the gears but you have to know what you’re doing.

"I was gobsmacked. It’s a pretty low thing to do. Why would anyone want to steal a wheelchair?”

He had had two bags stolen from the back of the chair the previous Saturday (November 12) in Church Street.

Anyone with information is asked to call Sussex Police on 101, quoting serial 1615 of November 17.

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3:47pm Wed 23 Nov 11

NickBrt says...

Sorry to hear about this. Hope CCTV shows something promising up, provided Police can be bothered to look at it.
Sorry to hear about this. Hope CCTV shows something promising up, provided Police can be bothered to look at it. NickBrt

4:29pm Wed 23 Nov 11

UppityPrimate says...

even for london road, that's freaking LOW.
even for london road, that's freaking LOW. UppityPrimate

4:44pm Wed 23 Nov 11

Hi Spaniola says...

I hope he prays for its return. God moves in mysterious ways... apparently.
I hope he prays for its return. God moves in mysterious ways... apparently. Hi Spaniola

9:22pm Wed 23 Nov 11

Baldseagull says...

I'd be hopping mad if I were him.
Sorry, couldn't help myself.
I'd be hopping mad if I were him. Sorry, couldn't help myself. Baldseagull

11:25pm Wed 23 Nov 11

greeg2 says...

"lost his leg in a motorcycle," and i bet he wished he hadn't !.Seriously,this is low.The only person lower than the thief is the buyer !
"lost his leg in a motorcycle," and i bet he wished he hadn't !.Seriously,this is low.The only person lower than the thief is the buyer ! greeg2

10:19am Thu 24 Nov 11

Hove Central says...

This is low. Predictable for Brighton now but low.
This is low. Predictable for Brighton now but low. Hove Central

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