Darwen man with severe learning difficulties devastated by theft of power karts

The Bolton News: Andrew and Robert Cox with a kart like the one that was stolen Andrew and Robert Cox with a kart like the one that was stolen

A MAN with severe learning difficulties was left devastated after two of his prized petrol-powered karts were stolen.

Andrew Cox, 28, has been riding karts since he was nine years old. But his dad, Robert, said that when they went to the garage on Sunday, two of his karts and a helmet had gone missing.

They were kept in a garage in Westwell Street, close to Andrew’s Hodder Grove home. After an appeal on Facebook, one kart has now been returned.

Robert, 51, said it would have been a tough task removing the karts from the garage.

He said: “They have a big generator engine on the back and a frame, so it would have taken two people to get them out. They are almost six feet long.”

The missing karts together were worth more than £400.

Robert, who is separated from his son’s mother, Angela, and lives in Rothwell Avenue, Accrington, confirmed that one of the karts had been returned.

He said: “When I went round yesterday I saw the oldest one had been left by the back gate. It was the one he has had for years, which we paid £300 for.

“It needed work doing to it, so whether that is the reason they have brought it back, I don’t know.”

Robert said the karts were Andrew’s only passion. He said: “He has been at it a long time. Karting is his life. It is his world. When he is on the karts he hasn’t got anyone in control of him.

“We have been round asking everyone if they know anything. Everyone round here knows Andrew and we want them to get in touch if they know anything.”

Andrew became interested in karting after going on a track in Wales.

Robert said: “We used to go to Wales and they had a go-kart track with two-seater karts, so I went on with him.

“He took to it straight away and I decided I was going to buy one for him.

“They let him use it on the old cricket field at Hyndburn Drive.

“Sunday is always karting day for us and Andrew is always champing at the bit when I go over.”

A police spokesman said the break-in was being investigated. Anyone with information should call 101.

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8:38pm Tue 23 Oct 12

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

Be careful that you do not upset Accy Lad because he will Report your Post DIRTY GRASS!!!
Be careful that you do not upset Accy Lad because he will Report your Post DIRTY GRASS!!! Michael@ClitheroeSince58
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9:27pm Tue 23 Oct 12

accy lad and proud says...

Michael@ClitheroeSin
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Be careful that you do not upset Accy Lad because he will Report your Post DIRTY GRASS!!!
Glad to see you are back on the Net Grassington Mickey !! Your missus must be very understanding ! Letting you have your lap top back ? Having been caught red handed on the p0rn channels!!! you dirty old twonk !!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Michael@ClitheroeSin ce58[/bold] wrote: Be careful that you do not upset Accy Lad because he will Report your Post DIRTY GRASS!!![/p][/quote]Glad to see you are back on the Net Grassington Mickey !! Your missus must be very understanding ! Letting you have your lap top back ? Having been caught red handed on the p0rn channels!!! you dirty old twonk !!!!!! accy lad and proud
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9:24pm Wed 24 Oct 12

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

Accy Lad why don't you tell everyone the story of your ex wife :) How half of Accrington & Clitheroe have been through her. LOL and how you still begged her to stay. Best of all tell us what she told you LOL
Accy Lad why don't you tell everyone the story of your ex wife :) How half of Accrington & Clitheroe have been through her. LOL and how you still begged her to stay. Best of all tell us what she told you LOL Michael@ClitheroeSince58
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11:11pm Wed 24 Oct 12

andysdad says...

what has these coments got to do with my son or family are you happy that someone took addvantage of my son or do you 2 have some thing you'es need to sort out if so do it some where else thanks if not make your self clearer because what happened to my son is'n funny to me
what has these coments got to do with my son or family are you happy that someone took addvantage of my son or do you 2 have some thing you'es need to sort out if so do it some where else thanks if not make your self clearer because what happened to my son is'n funny to me andysdad
  • Score: 1

11:40pm Wed 24 Oct 12

Twinsmumbeccy says...

Got woke up by the idiots who took this on sun night 1:30am on Ribble x
Got woke up by the idiots who took this on sun night 1:30am on Ribble x Twinsmumbeccy
  • Score: 1

9:24am Thu 25 Oct 12

andysdad says...

if any one know who they are please let know
if any one know who they are please let know andysdad
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