Paralympian's wheelchair is stolen

A British Paralympian's wheelchair has been stolen along with a white BMW X5 branded with the London Olympics logo, police have revealed.

Ade Adepitan, who won bronze at the Paralympics in Athens in 2004, is known just as much for his big smile and personality on television as he is for his sporting exploits.

The 38-year-old's personalised wheelchair, which is metallic blue with blue tyres and white spokes, was taken from Merton Avenue, Chiswick, in West London, at around 3.40pm on Saturday.

Two male suspects smashed a window of the car before driving it away.

The fact that the thieves were willing to target such a distinctive vehicle in broad daylight could influence more drivers to upgrade theircar insurance policies and be more vigilant about leaving items on display.

Along with the chair, a basketball with "Ade" written on it and a pair of purple and orange crutches were also taken.

Metropolitan Police is urging anyone with information to either contact them on 020 8247 6545 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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