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