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Thieves steal 20 kites from stroke patient

Photo Ian Robinson
Alan Horrobin, 62, from Leyland, who had to give up work after having a stroke. He started flying display kites as a way of physiotherapy but his kites have been stolen from his car and he is devastated and they are not insured

Photo Ian Robinson Alan Horrobin, 62, from Leyland, who had to give up work after having a stroke. He started flying display kites as a way of physiotherapy but his kites have been stolen from his car and he is devastated and they are not insured

A stroke survivor has been left “absolutely devastated” after the display kites he was using for physiotherapy were stolen from his car.

Alan Horrobin, 62, of Alder Close, Leyland, discovered his Ford Galaxy had been broken into on Monday lunchtime, and 18-20 of the kites worth a total of £2,000 had been taken from the back seat.

As well as for therapy, the former Lancashire County Council day centre officer also used the kites to put on displays for children, including his eight-year-old grandson Ethan, who has mild learning difficulties.

Mr Horrobin said: “I had a stroke two years ago and I had to finish work. Since then I’ve been using the kites as physiotherapy. They help to get my limbs working.

“The kites are quite distinctive and very big. Some of them are 12ft by 8ft, and if a child got hold of one, they could be killed. They’d easily be swept off their feet.”

He added: “I’m absolutely in bits about it

“Although they’re not insured, it’s not just about the money.

“I’m upset that I was using the kites to help children with learning difficulties, including my grandson Ethan.”

The police confirmed the crime was reported to them on Monday afternoon, but there were no witnesses to the crime and no arrests have yet been made.

A police spokesman said: “If anyone saw any suspicious behaviour in the area, or has been approached to buy display kites, contact the police on 101 quoting reference 543 of June 2.”

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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