Disabled Scunthorpe man left heartbroken as thieves steal his specially adapted motorcycle
A disabled man born without a right arm or shoulder has been left heartbroken after thieves stole his specially adapted motorcycle.
Scott Mitchell, 25, spent months installing foot controls on his bike, only for it to be stolen from his home and vandalised.
Scott, who lives in Ashby with his wife and four children, cannot afford to fix the bike and will not see an insurance payout due to the type of policy he has.
Police managed to locate the bike shortly after it had been stolen, but severe damage had been done to the adapted foot controls, wing mirrors and bodywork.
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Scott said: "I was absolutely gobsmacked.
"I would go out of my way every night to make it safe and lock it up in our car port with a metal chain.
"When the police woke us up early in the morning we did not know what was going on.
"When I found out the bike had been stolen, I was disgusted.
"There is a big blue disabled badge on the bike that you can't miss.
"I don't know why anyone would do this."
Scott has had a tough start to life, having been born with an unformed nose as well as his missing right arm and shoulder.
But he remains determined to overcome all difficulties.
"I try not to let anything get in my way in life and don't like being told that I can't do things," he said. "Losing my bike has been a knock to my independence, but I want to save up and try to fix it again."
Scott's wife of five years, Zoe, is devastated that her husband has experienced further heartache after his bike was stolen.
"The bike was everything to him, because it gave him his independence," she said.
"He spent months adapting it so that he could drive around and he was totally gutted when it was stolen. He was heartbroken.
"He can't afford to fix the bike now, after spending hundreds of pounds before to make it right for him."
Police confirmed that the bike was stolen from a car port and that it had been secured with a padlock, metal chain and a D-lock.
A Humberside Police spokeswoman said: "Someone has been arrested and bailed pending further inquiries, in relation to this incident.
"Police inquiries are ongoing."
Police are appealing for anyone who may have information to call Humberside Police on 101, quoting crime reference 1931632.