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Sunday, 21 September 2014

Dalton OAP’s crutch swiped

A PENSIONER faces an uphill struggle to get home – after his crutch was pinched.

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REPLACEMENT: Joe Taylor of Dalton with a crutch walking stick – similar to the one he had stolen JON GRANGER REF: 50030703B000

Joe Taylor was putting on his Irish Lottery in the Bet Fred bookies in Market Street, Dalton, when his crutch was swiped.

Mr Taylor said: “I left it by the door so no one would trip over it. I went to the counter and when I came back to the door someone had taken it.”

The 78-year-old suffers from arthritis in his left knee and recently twisted his right ankle, so he relies on his crutch to get around town.

He said: “I’ve got several walking sticks but I’ve got a bad hand so I can’t grip them.”

A neighbour has since given him a replacement crutch.

But Mr Taylor, who lives at the top end of Market Street, past the Co-op, said it was a struggle just to get home without it.

He believes it may have been taken for the value of the scrap aluminium.

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