A dad with terminal cancer has told how thieves who stole his car had thrown his life into “turmoil”.
Father-of-two Stuart Walker, who was diagnosed with lung cancer last year, relies on the car to get to appointments, and blasted those who took his wife’s Toyota Avensis from their home.
A Honda motorbike was also taken from Mr Walker’s Provost Barclay Drive home – and was found damaged in the nearby Mill O’Forest school playground.
His wife Linda’s car has also been recovered, but the pair have been told it is not in a driveable condition – causing further heartache as they needed it to go on a planned break to Strathyre.
The 52-year-old found out in August he had cancer in his lung, liver, bones and spine, and that it was inoperable.
Mr Walker was heavily involved in the Scouts for more than 30 years in Stonehaven before his diagnosis, and had worked part -time in a care home. Speaking through tears, he said: “I rely on my wife to take me to chemo.
“I get it every 21 days and on average I’m in hospital at least once a week for an appointment or scan. Without the car, I can’t do anything at all – and I think they would have known that as my blue badge is distinctive in the front of the car.
“I can’t stand people in this day and age who’d do something like this. The car and bike were recovered but it has thrown my life into turmoil. We were meant to go on holiday on Monday. Without a car we can’t go.
“To rent a car would be around £500 and the holiday itself was only £200. I was looking forward to the week away at this lodge and it had facilities that could help me.”
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Mr Walker added: “I hope they get caught and learn their lesson and never do it again. I doubt they had any financial gain as police found the car and the bike was smashed up. I don’t see the point in it, it’s senseless.
“My next appointment is Wednesday and friends and family are offering to help us with transportation, but they are going to need to take time off for it. It isn’t just affecting our lives, it is affecting all my friends and family. It is very upsetting.”
Meanwhile, another property on Kings Road in Stonehaven was also targeted by thieves, with electrical and personal items taken, including a TV.
A silver Audi A4, with the registration FY60 OAC, was also stolen, but has since been recovered.