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Thieves Steal Six-Year-Old Cerebral Palsy Sufferer Tyla Anguige's Walking Frame In West Yorks Robbery

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A six-year-old girl with cerebral palsy has been left unable to walk after "heartless" burglars stole her made-to-measure walking frame.

Tyla Anguige, from Bierley, West Yorkshire, is due to undergo an operation to help her movement but her mother fears the surgery will not be successful without the use of the frame for physiotherapy.

Police are appealing for information to find the frame and a wheelchair, which were in the boot of a BMW stolen from the family's home during the burglary.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said the burglary happened overnight between January 29 and 30 and was discovered by a neighbour in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

He said officers were yet to find the BMW convertible car with the wheelchair and the frame for Tyla.

Other items taken in the burglary included an iPad, GHD hair straighteners and a television.

Detective Inspector George Bardell, of Bradford South CID, said: "It is particularly galling that those responsible will have likely known that this was specialised equipment used to assist someone's mobility.

"It is clearly not easy to replace such items which are heavily relied upon by the user for their daily routine.

"These heartless actions will undoubtedly have caused significant upset and difficulties and it is important we apprehend those behind this.

"I am therefore calling on anyone who may have been offered any of the stolen property to let us know immediately.

"Likewise, if you believe you have witnessed this offence or have any information which can help us in our investigations, get in touch."

Tyla's mother Chrissy Jackson said her daughter was due to have an operation to help her walk, but the frame was crucial for her recovery.

She appealed for the safe return of Tyla's equipment.

"The wheelchair is invaluable and she uses the walking frame as part of her exercise regime which she has to do every day to build her strength up," Ms Jackson told the Bradford Telegraph and Argus.

"I just want Tyla's equipment back. If anyone knows where they are I would ask them to search their consciences and think of my little girl."