Burglars target disabled boy, six, in Barnsley

Oliver Fahey
Oliver Fahey

Heartless burglars have left a severely disabled six-year-old boy stranded after they stole his family’s mobility car containing his special seat and wheelchair - then torched it.

Oliver Fahey, from Carlton, Barnsley, cannot talk or walk, is fed through a tube and has seizures because of a genetic disorder called Angelman’s Syndrome.

His parents Jonathon, aged 49, and Tracey, 47, woke at 6.30am on Thursday to find their adapted black Nissan Qashqai - used to take Oliver to Greenacre School - stolen from their drive in Peterfoot Way, after burglars broke in through their conservatory.

Jonathon, a shop fitter, said: “The people who have done this are low lives and I am appealing to anyone who knows anything to contact the police so they can be brought to justice.

“When I realised what had happened pure shock and revulsion hit me - this has made me sick to the stomach.

“They must have known there was a disabled child in the house because all Oliver’s things were around - I’m totally disgusted.

“I could understand if they’d stolen the car and stripped it for parts, but to burn it out is unbelievable.”

The culprits broke in after 10pm on Wednesday while the family was asleep.

They went through every room on the ground floor and stole two iPads.

One contained family photographs and both had apps on for Oliver’s development.

The car was found burned out in New Crofton, Wakefield.

Detective Inspector Gary Askew, of South Yorkshire Police: “This is a heart-breaking example of how a criminal act can have a resounding impact on the victims’ day-to-day lives.”

Call 101 and quote incident 106 of February 13.