A NORTON mum has hit out at heartless thieves who have stolen her disabled son's wheelchair and lifeline disability vehicle.

Terri Gricic has been left devastated at the theft of the Ford Independence mobility vehicle and specialist wheelchair used by her 10-year son Jack Pinder who was left brain damaged after suffering catastrophic head injuries when he was hit by a trailer towed by a car nearly eight years ago.

The youngster, who just two at the time, almost lost his life after the incident in Duncombe Street, Wollaston, which left him in hospital for three months but he managed to battle through.

He has been left with permanent disabilities, however, and is reliant on his wheelchair and the motability vehicle which his mum drives to take him out and about and to Chadsgrove School in Bromsgrove where he goes to school.

Terri, aged 40, said the incident happened sometime between 12.30am and 7.30pm this morning (Tuesday August 20).

The van, which has a registration number of SF68KHV, was parked outside the family's home in The Broadway, Norton.

Terri told the News: "I want these people to know they've taken these things off a disabled child. They've left him with nothing. They've taken the most valuable thing from this household off us."

She said she has contacted her insurance company about the theft and has been told it will likely be three weeks before a replacement vehicle can be offered - and she added: "We're housebound now.

"It wouldn't be so bad if it had happened at the beginning of the six-week holiday but Jack's dependent on that car for school."

She believes somebody must have been watching the van and the house which she said "is blatantly for a disabled person" and she is appealing to anyone who might have any information about the theft to get in touch with police on 101, quoting log number 448 of August 20, 2019.

Police said enquiries into the matter were ongoing.