A family has issued a plea for information after a heartless thief stole their disabled son’s iPad.
Mum Michelle Hamer said her family are ‘angry and upset’ after someone entered her home on Windermere Avenue, Huncoat in the early hours of Saturday, January 3 and stole the device.
Her three-year-old son Alfie has Down’s Syndrome and epilepsy and uses the iPad as a learning aid.
Michelle, 42, who cares full time for Alfie, said: “My husband woke up at about 2am and I heard noises downstairs.
“He went down and there was no one there. The next day we couldn’t find Alfie’s iPad and realised it had gone.
“We have an application which can lock the iPad remotely and stop it from being used. It also allows us to send a message to the user and show us where it is.
“When we turned it on, it showed up that it was at a house in Hyndburn.
“We sent a message saying ‘this iPad belongs to a little boy with special needs, please return it to Windermere Avenue or the local police station’.
“It wasn’t returned and the police did search the address where it appeared to be, but they did not find anything.”
Michelle added: “Nothing like this has ever happened before.
“It’s a lovely area that we live in and we feel disappointed that someone could do this.
“Alfie doesn’t really understand because he is only three, but this has impacted on his learning.”
A Lancashire Police spokesman said an investigation is ongoing.
He said: “At some point between 11pm on January 2 and 8am on January 3 an offender gained entry and removed an iPad, before making off undetected. The investigation is still ongoing.”
Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.