‘Helper’ steals phone of asthma at­tack vic­tim

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS - CHAR­LOTTE COX

ATEENAGER suf­fer­ing a se­vere asthma at­tack had her phone stolen by a man who had of­fered to call paramedics.

Stu­dent Evie Mer­ry­gold, 18, of Poyn­ton, was in Ark night­club on Deans­gate in Manch­ester when she started strug­gling for breath and went out­side.

She col­lapsed on the pave­ment near the venue in the early hours of Satur­day morn­ing (February 11).

A man said he would help her by ring­ing for med­i­cal help, but when he took her Google Pixel XL he then dis­ap­peared.

Evie said: “I just can’t find the words for how that feels.

“It’s the fact that he said he was go­ing to help me and then just went off with my phone.

“Why didn’t he just take it in­stead of pre­tend­ing?

“Now I won­der if he had fol­lowed me.

“And that makes me think it could have been much worse, I com­pletely passed out.”

The Poyn­ton High School pupil was inside the bar with friends on Fri­day night when she be­gan to strug­gle for breath. Step­ping out­side for air, it spi­ralled into a full-blown asthma at­tack, which is when she re­alised her in­haler was inside.

Evie col­lapsed on the pave­ment and was out cold for five min­utes be­fore wak­ing to see a num­ber of peo­ple around her, and a man by her side.

She said: “The man picked up my phone and said he was go­ing to call an am­bu­lance, but when I looked back up he had gone with my phone.”

Won­der­ing where she was, Evie’s friends joined her and helped look for her phone for 30 min­utes - to no avail.

Since the theft, Evie has checked her data and seen that phone calls have been made from her phone, and she has can­celled her con­tract.

A spokesman for Greater Manch­ester Po­lice con­firmed they were called to Ark at 2.30am on Satur­day morn­ing to a woman whose phone was stolen while she suf­fered an asthma at­tack.

The man is de­scribed as white and in his twen­ties.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should con­tact po­lice on 101, or Crimestop­pers, anony­mously, on 0800 555111.

Evie Mer­ry­gold had an asthma at­tack out­side Ark night­club and a man who of­fered to call paramedics stole her phone

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