THE FAMILY of a boy who relies on prosthetics have made a heartfelt plea for them to be returned after they were stolen in Solihull.
Harry Bayliss, was packed and ready to go on holiday with his dad for the first time in six years on Friday, July 29.
But during the night thieves broke into the house he was staying at on Castle Lane in Olton and took two sets of car keys and stole both the family’s vehicles.
The white BMW one series was full of suitcases containing holiday clothes, Harry’s disabled badge and a pair of prosthetic legs made specifically for Harry.
One of Harry’s legs is made so he can wear a pair of shoes and the other has a blade.
Without the custom-made legs, the 12-year-old will have to rely on crutches to remain mobile over the summer holidays.
Sarah Morgan, Harry’s dad’s partner, said it could take several weeks or longer to get the prosthetics replaced.
In a heartfelt plea to the thieves, Sarah said: “You’ve stolen a 12 year olds independence.
“These legs are of no use to you. There’s no market value to them.
“They’re custom made to fit this child alone.
“You were once a child. Imagine how you’d feel if someone did this to you or someone you care about.
“If you have an ounce of empathy or compassion please hand the prosthetics in or leave them somewhere obvious.”
Sarah also set up a Go Fund Me page to support her partner and his son to replace items stolen, pay for public transport costs and taxi fares and to help towards the missed holiday.
She said: “He’s not had a holiday with his boys since 2016.
“He had saved a long time to be able to take them away and now hasn’t been able to as he no car to transport them and Harry is fairly immobile without his prosthetics an has to rely on crutches.”
So far the page has raised £540 which Sarah says is mostly from people they don’t know.
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Anyone with information should contact police on 101 and quite crime reference 20/686434/22.