Thief robs disabled child of vital lifeline

Alexander Bailey and his two-year-old grandson Mackenzie
Alexander Bailey and his two-year-old grandson Mackenzie

Thieves have stolen a bicycle with a child seat which is used to take a two-year-old disabled boy to play sessions in Corby.

Alexander Bailey, of York Road, in the town, is the full-time carer of his grandson Mackenzie who has goldenhar syndrome.

The rare congenital defect means that the youngster has a misshapen ear, is deaf and suffers from spinal difficulties.

Mr Bailey gave up his full-time job two years ago to take care of his grandson and at the time he sold his car and bought a bike with a child seat which was used every day to take Mackenzie out.

On Monday someone scaled the family’s 6ft garden fence at his home and stole the bicycle.

Mr Bailey said: “This was a disgusting and low act.

“What kind of person would steal something that is obviously used by a child.

“Whoever took it could see that the bicycle had a child seat.

“When I discovered the bike had been stolen I was angry and felt sick. My stomach was in knots.

“The bike was crucial to Mackenzie’s life. He loved to go out. I receive very little money as his carer and I haven’t got the money to replace the bicycle.”

Mr Bailey takes his grandchild to play sessions at Pen Green Children’s Centre in Corby on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

He also uses it to take him on trips to the park and to Corby boating lake.

He said: “Now the bicycle has been stolen it’s going to cause us real problems.

“To take Mackenzie to the Pen Green Centre I’m going to have to get on and off two buses with him. Everything will just be more difficult.”

The bicycle, which cost £250, is a Python make with a white frame and the word “python” written in red. The child’s seat is grey.

Mr Bailey has reported the theft to the police and is calling on people to look out for the bicycle and if they see it to report its whereabouts.

He said: “If the person who took it reads this I hope that they will feel guilty and return the bike to us.

“It means everything to Mackenzie and and being able to get out of the house gives him so much pleasure.”

Anyone who has information about the theft is asked to contact Northamptonshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.