Diss resident wants to ‘shame’ vandals who targeted her home twice

Jean Brewer-Mitchell had her mobility buggy and walker damaged beyond use after two separate instances of vandalism in one week ''Pictured: Jean with husband Gordon ANL-150218-124907009
Jean Brewer-Mitchell had her mobility buggy and walker damaged beyond use after two separate instances of vandalism in one week ''Pictured: Jean with husband Gordon ANL-150218-124907009

A Diss resident says she hopes to ‘shame’ those responsible for vandalising her mobility scooter after targeting her neighbourhood on two separate occasions in one week.

Jean Brewer-Mitchell, who lives at St Mary’s Court, off Church Street, was watching television before 10am on Wednesday, February 4, when she lost power to her entire home, after the charging cable to her electric scooter, which was plugged in outside, was completely severed.

Less than a week later, on Tuesday, February 10, her walker, her scooter and another similar buggy belonging to her neighbour were damaged beyond use, with the brake cables cut and the tyres punctured.

Mrs Brewer-Mitchell told the Diss Express: “It makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

“I just don’t know why anybody would want to do this.

“I was up with a migraine, and suddenly there was a big ‘pop’ and all the electricity went off.

“Someone cut the cable, which I have been told is very difficult to do.

“It was a big shock. I haven’t been out since.”

A spokesperson for Norfolk Police confirmed they had been informed about both of the incidents and were currently looking into them.

However, they indicated there had not yet been any leads as to who was responsible.

Mrs Brewer-Mitchell said she was thankful to local business Beactive Mobility, in Mere Street, which had offered to provide a temporary replacement scooter while they looked at the damage to her previous one.

She added that it had been a difficult experience, particularly for her husband Gordon, who has Alzheimer’s disease, and that they were looking to have a lean-to built at their home in the hope of preventing any similar incident from occurring in the future.

“This has made it impossible to go out in the past couple of weeks. I just hope that this (the appeal) will help to shame them,” she said.

Anybody with relevant information about either of the incidents or who may have witnessed suspicious activity in the area during the dates stated is encouraged to contact Norfolk Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.