Midlothian crime news: Midlothian mum appeals to locals to return kid's stolen scooters 'no questions asked'

A Midlothian mum whose children have had their bikes and scooters repeatedly stolen has described the situation as “soul destroying”.

By Rachel Mackie
Monday, 13th June 2022, 4:24 pm

The Dalkeith woman, who didn't want to be named, said that both her children’s scooters, which they depend on to get to school, have been stolen for the second time.

But unlike the first time it happened, after which someone found the scooter lying in a garden and returned it to the family, the items are still missing.

“I’ve pulled several out the river in the last couple of years. It’s not just happening to me its happening all over the place,” she said.

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“Last year, the very first time my little girl went to the library, she parked her bike outside and we came back to find the bike was missing its seat.

“So, she’s had her scooter stolen twice and the seat stolen from her bike, which is just so soul destroying.

“I mean, she got it replaced but she never had the confidence. She was just so down on her bike after that.”

The concerned mother didn’t want to bother the police about the incident and said officers “have enough to do”.

Midlothian crime news: Midlothian mum appeals to locals to return kid's stolen scooters 'no questions asked'

“It’s not going to get me them back and I don’t think it will even deter kids from doing it,” she said.

“The kids don't really want me to replace them. I think it's just the thought of someone else taking their things that makes them feel a bit sad.

“The problem I’ve got, if a child was using it I wouldn’t feel half as bad, but I know that it’ll be lying abandoned somewhere rusting and it’ll be no use to anyone, and I think that’s what bothers me.”

One of the scooters is a purple Land Surfer Stunt Scooter with a skull on it, and the other is a black and gold Ryan Williams scooter.

“If anyone sees them, and happens to want to return them, there’ll be no questions asked. We were all young once, we all did silly things,” she said.

“If anyone wants to give them back to us that would be amazing, leave them at Kings Park School.”

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