Thieves on mo­tor­cy­cles snatch pros­thetic legs from speed­boat ac­ci­dent widow’s car

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Daily Tele­graph Reporter

A MOTHER who lost her leg in a speed­boat ac­ci­dent that killed her hus­band and daugh­ter has been left dis­traught af­ter thieves on mo­tor­cy­cles made off with her £30,000 pros­thetic limbs.

Vic­to­ria Mil­li­gan, whose hus­band Nick, a Sky TV ex­ec­u­tive, and daugh­ter Emily both died in 2013 in the ac­ci­dent off Pad­stow, Corn­wall, was with friends at a restau­rant near King’s Road, west Lon­don, when two men on mo­tor­cy­cles and armed with knives broke into her parked Audi Q5. A van driver saw them smash the win­dows and steal a grey East­pak four-wheel suit­case con­tain­ing the limbs at around 4.15pm on Sun­day.

Mrs Mil­li­gan said: “My leg needs to be re­cast and the legs re­made, which will take about three months. I think they just scooted off, opened it and dumped them some­where.”

Her pros­thetic blade is used for her ca­reer as a per­sonal trainer and for her mo­ti­va­tional speak­ing work. She also has a mid-heel leg and a leg de­signed to take high heels. She said: “They prob­a­bly thought they were go­ing to get some­thing quite valu­able – but they prob­a­bly didn’t ac­count for three legs.

“Th­ese legs make me feel like the Vic­to­ria be­fore the ac­ci­dent, al­low­ing me to run and even wear heels again.”

Mrs Mil­li­gan, who has three sur­viv­ing chil­dren, Kit, Am­ber and Olivia, said po­lice have told her that CCTV footage of the car park might not have caught the theft and it was pos­si­ble the legs had been dumped.

She said: “They are op­por­tunists. They wouldn’t have a clue my legs were in there, but I would have hoped that once they saw them they would have handed them in some­where. They are so spe­cific to me. The socket on th­ese legs has been made to ev­ery tiny bump and bone on my leg and they can­not be worn be any other per­son.”

Any­one who finds the legs or lug­gage is urged to con­tact the Metropoli­tan Po­lice or to reach Mrs Mil­li­gan via her web­site, vic­to­ri­amil­li­gan.co.uk

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