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Theft from severely disabled man in Poole

Police in Poole are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward following the theft of money from a severely disabled man.

The incident, in which an unknown man stole £30 from the wallet of a 46-year-old cerebral palsy sufferer, happened at the junction of Springfield Road and North Road between 2.40pm and 3pm on Tuesday 17 January 2012.

Police Constable Will Burnett, of Poole police, said: "The victim, from Poole, has a form of cerebral palsy that confines his daily activities to an electric wheel chair. It also affects his ability to be understood when he talks to others who do not know him.

"This type of appalling crime is extremely unusual. I am appealing for anyone who witnessed this incident, and anyone who has any information about the man responsible, to contact me as soon as possible.

"The offender is described as a white man, aged in his twenties, around five feet eleven inches tall, with short brown hair. He was wearing jeans, a white baseball cap and a white jacket which was done up."

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 18:257. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.