Joy as disabled boy sees his ‘No. 1’ stolen trike replaced

Heartless thieves stole an expensive tricycle owned by a disabled boy this week, but a charity group has stepped in to fund a replacement.

Twelve-year-old Joshua Smith was “devastated” when the family realised his bright red TMX trike, worth around £1,200, had been stolen from outside their house in Salisbury Road overnight from September 11-12.

For Joshua, who has biplegic cerebal palsy and epilepsy, the custom-built trike was a vital part of his exercise routine and wellbeing.

Richard Smith, Joshua’s father, explained that though Joshua has difficulty talking he signals the bike is his “number one” piece of equipment. And now, thanks to Hastings Round Table, the trike will be speedily replaced. The charity group have agreed to cover the costs of a new bike.

Richard said: “This is fantastic news, we weren’t expecting it at all. The trike gives him a lot of freedom and it would have been money out of our pocket to replace it. I just hope nobody else has to go through this.”

Each TMX trike is custom built. The replacement will take four-eight weeks to be modelled onto Joshua’s body.

The Smith family, who were “disgusted” that thieves targeted the contents of a car parked in a disabled bay, spent around a year raising funds to buy the stolen trike.

James Beeching, committee member of the Round Table, said: “It seemed very unfair that Joshua would be without his trike. We wanted to give it back to him.”

A spokesman for Sussex Police asked those with information to contact police by emailing or by calling 101, and quoting the serial 275 of12/9.