Car stolen from driveway is recovered by police

Martin Hywood and his wife Michelle
Martin Hywood and his wife Michelle

A car that was stolen from a disabled man’s driveway in broad daylight has been recovered by police – but he is still waiting for it to be returned to him.

Muscular dystrophy sufferer Martin Hywood, 40, had his green Vauxhall Zafira stolen from the driveway of his home in Carnation Way, Aylesbury on January 22.

While getting ready to do the school run, he turned his back on the car for just a few seconds after leaving the engine running and the keys in the ignition while he went inside to fetch an ice scraper.

The dad of three then heard the car, which he relies on to get around, being driven away and went back outside as quickly as he could, but was too late to see who was driving.

At the time, Mr Hywood was left devastated as his condition means he cannot walk further than five to ten steps without being in a great deal of pain.

Though police are unable to reveal where the car was found, a spokesman confirmed steps had been made to return it to the owner but no arrests had been made.

Mr Hywood, who lives with wife Michelle and daughters Olivia, nine and Skye, four, said: “The car is still being kept by the insurance company as far as I know, so I’m being kept in the dark.

“The police have finished with it and have done all they can do, like finger printing and criminal analysis.

“I was interviewed last week by a firm who carry out interviews regarding claims.

“This has been an awful on-going situation and I have felt like the criminal especiallly after that interview. I felt like the accused.

“Now I’m being told the vehicle is being kept in a compound in Margate in Kent until an insurance engineer can assess the vehicle.

“I don’t think the police have anyone in mind, I think they are just relying on finger prints. I think the culprits just used it for what they wanted and did a runner.

“I certainly won’t ever be leaving my keys again, not for a second. It’s a lesson learnt.”

Mr Hywood, who works for a pharmaceutical firm in Amersham, has been relying on the kindness of work colleagues to get him to and from the office.

He said: “I’m so grateful for my colleagues’ help at Phlexglobal for getting me to and from work, and my father-in-law for doing the school run.

“And please, whoever you are and whatever vehicle you have, age or model, then please do be careful on these cold mornings.

“There are ruthless people out there who have no concern for others property or welfare.”

Mr Hywood’s car, a green Vauxhall Zafira, was stolen at 8.15am on Thursday, January 22.

If you have any information about this crime, call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.