Thieves rob disabled man in his own home

A DISABLED man was threatened with a screwdriver and forced to hand over his holiday money during a robbery in his own home. Paul Adams, 52, of Duck Lane, Eynesbury, said he was lying in bed watching the Formula One highlights on television when he heard

A DISABLED man was threatened with a screwdriver and forced to hand over his holiday money during a robbery in his own home.

Paul Adams, 52, of Duck Lane, Eynesbury, said he was lying in bed watching the Formula One highlights on television when he heard a sound at his front door.

Two men then appeared in his bedroom and demanded cash.

"They told me to hand over all my money or they would stab me in the stomach with a screwdriver," Mr Adams told The Hunts Post. "I knew they were serious as he came towards me with the screwdriver."

One man then held the make-shift weapon to his stomach and repeated the demand for money.

They then took Mr Adams' wallet, containing £40, and a further $1,200 of holiday money and travellers' cheques which he had been intending to use on a trip to America.

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He had won the money during a trip to Las Vegas - a holiday he had paid for using money from his parents' will.

The thieves also stole Mr Adams's mobile phone, making it difficult for him to raise the alarm. However, when he asked them to push his wheelchair towards the bed so he could get up, one of the men did as he requested.

Mr Adams, who works as a cashier at Morrisons supermarket in Cambourne, added: "I was stunned and surprised. I kept thinking do not stab me, just take the money and leave. It happened so quickly.

"It is my own fault as I forgot to lock my door, but I do not know how they got through the security door as you need a code, a key fob or have to be buzzed in."

Mr Adams was planning a trip to Las Vegas in September and, despite losing his spending money, he said he was determined to go on his holiday.

"I am not going to let these herberts ruin my holiday," he said.

However, Mr Adams was not fully insured and is receiving back only £300 of the stolen money.

He added that the theft had come at a particularly bad time for him as the anniversary of his parents' deaths is next month.

"My father died of cancer and my mother died a few weeks later. I am sure she died of a broken heart. I do not need something like this to happen to me at a time like this."

Mr Adams, who has been confined to a wheelchair since the age of 13 after an operation went wrong, returned to work on Monday after being given compassionate leave.

Mr Adams added: "This is the first time I have been confronted by men in my home and I sincerely hope it is the last. I think they saw me as an easy target.

"I now have to check and double check my door, and no one is welcome at my home unless they ring prior to coming round. I'm worried, my family are worried about me, and I just want these two men caught."

Cambridgeshire police said the men were both white, one was medium build and wore black gloves, a grey hooded top and dark trousers. The other wore a black scarf across his face.

Detective Constable Rebecca Mainwood, who is investigating, said: "This was a despicable crime that has left the victim very shaken. It was a frightening experience, especially as Mr Adams was in bed when the offenders broke in."

INFORMATION: Anyone with information is asked to Det Con Mainwood on 0845 4564564 or Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555111.

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