residents at a care home have been left without vital hospital transport after the exhaust system from their mini bus was stolen.
Day trips were also forced to be cancelled after staff at The Beeches Care Home in Armthorpe made the shocking discovery just five months after getting the vehicle they had waited five years for.
The vehicle has had to be sent away to be repaired and now residents, who were using the bus to get to hospital appointments, are having to rely on an ambulance liaison service.
Care home manager Garren Painter said: “The bus only had 80 miles on the clock, the residents were so excited when we got it, we’d waited five years for the bus and we can’t believe this has happened.
“We had lots of day trips planned that the residents were looking forward to and now they have had to be cancelled.
“The mini bus was effectively our ambulance too if any of the residents needed taking to hospital for appointments we would use that. Now residents will have to use the ambulance liaison service which could mean they are waiting for up to four hours in hospital to get a lift back so it’s completely disrupting them.
“The residents are devastated. One of them said to me ‘fancy stealing from an old people’s home’. We are just disgusted that someone could do this.”
A spokesman from HC One, the care home operator, said they took steps to repair the vehicle as soon as the incident was reported.
It is not clear when the vehicle will be back up and running.
Police confirmed that the exhaust system was stolen from the grey Renault Master minibus last weekend. Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101.