Heart­less thieves steal slide from dis­abled boy


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A DIS­TRAUGHT Ark­low grand­mother has is­sued an ap­peal in the hope of re­triev­ing a slide which was stolen from her five-year-old dis­abled grand­son.

The in­ci­dent which oc­cured in re­cent weeks has left lit­tle Alex O’Toole, from Liam Mel­lows Close and his fam­ily very up­set.

Alex who suf­fers from Downs Syn­drome and autism has been left without his favourite toy since thieves re­moved it from his front gar­den in the mid­dle of the night, an act which his grand­mother has de­scribed as evil and hurt­ful.

Ac­cord­ing to his grand­mother Lourde O’Toole the slide was a huge source of en­joy­ment to Alex who en­joyed a rou­tine of play­ing on it ev­ery morn­ing be­fore he left for school at Bar­na­coyle.

‘It re­ally was so pre­cious to him and it was a great form of ex­er­cise which is vi­tal for him. It has been in the gar­den for two years and he just loved it. It makes me feel so lousy to think some­one would steal it from a lit­tle boy and not even care about the up­set they have caused.’

Ms. O’Toole adds that the most up­set­ting as­pect of the theft is not the in­con­ve­nience of cost but the fact that some­one could be so heart­less that they would steal from a child.

‘Per­haps they don’t re­alise just how at­tached Alex was to the slide but to think they might try and sell it on to some other in­no­cent per­son is aw­ful.’ In­for­ma­tion can be passed on to Lourde O’Toole at 087 6246024.

Lit­tle Alex plays with his slide in hap­pier times be­fore it was cal­lously taken away from him.

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