CRUEL thieves have stolen a disabled man's independence.
Thieves took wheelchair- bound Andrew Whiter's motorised trike, called a Nippi, from outside his Taylor Hill home.
The £4,500 machine is specially designed so 30-year-old Andrew can wheel his wheelchair on to it and away he goes.
Now his hopes of finding a job have been dashed and he has become totally reliant on friends to go anywhere.
Andrew, of Taylor Hill Road, suffers from hereditary spastic paraplegia.
He was fine until he was 24.
Then the symptoms began and have worsened ever since, so that now he cannot straighten his legs and is wheelchair-bound.
He moved to Huddersfield from Essex to do a degree in human ecology 10 years ago and stayed here.
He said: "My family live in Essex, so the Nippi gave me real independence.
"I've only had it a month and can't understand why anyone would steal it. It is clearly a vehicle for a disabled person and would be of no use to them.
"You can't really use it without a wheelchair."
The black Nippi has the word Zippi written down the other side.
Its number is T884 BNN.
Anyone with information should phone Pc Craig Foulkes on 01484 436876, Huddersfield police's helpdesk on 01484 436559 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
NIPPI three-wheeled scooters have been around since 1983.
They are available from the Nippi Vehicles firm in Tutbury, Staffordshire, and are:
* Powered by 50cc, 80cc or 125cc engines
* Fully automatic.
* Can go up to 100 miles per tank of petrol
* Come with hand controls if needed
* Easily keep up with the traffic flow
* Can be double-seated.
* Can have a hood or cover at extra cost.