Thieves steal iPad from disabled woman

Jayne Smith had her iPad stolen as she helped her family at a car boot sale.  She is pictured with mum Lesley Wilson.
Jayne Smith had her iPad stolen as she helped her family at a car boot sale. She is pictured with mum Lesley Wilson.

Callous thieves have stolen an iPad belonging to a severely disabled woman from Burnley.

Jayne Smith (36) was helping her mother at a car boot sale in Blackpool when her handbag containing her iPad was snatched from inside the family car.

Jayne, of Briercliffe Road, is microcephalic, a neurodevelopmental disorder that limits some of her abilities and means she is the size of a 10-year-old child.

The bag and tablet were taken from the front passenger seat of the red Volvo around midday on Saturday, February 14th.

Mum Lesley Wilson said: “She’s very, very upset. As we were loading the car someone’s helped themselves to her handbag and taken the iPad.

“She likes to help and get involved and someone’s obviously seen her put her bag in the car, they’ve opened the car door and walked off with it.

“It’s despicable, the lowest of the low, especially if they’ve targeted her.”

Police are now investigating and have asked anyone with information, who may have been passed the iPad or seen the incident, to come forward.

The tablet was considered extremely important to Jayne, whose family bought the £140 iPad as a birthday present and say it is vital to her confidence.

Lesley added: “She’s only tiny, she’s 4ft 10in. tall, so people treat her like a child. To have her own iPad makes her feel grown up.

“It gives her independence and makes her feel the same as everyone else.

“She spends a lot of time playing on it. It wasn’t the latest model but she could manage on it, to her it’s a major loss. I just don’t know how someone could take it.”

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said the force was investigating.

He added: “Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.”