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Collier Row Parkinson’s sufferer who uses iPad to communicate has device stolen

Peter Grove Peter Grove

Friday, March 28, 2014
2:30 PM

The mother-in-law of a parkinson’s sufferer who uses an iPad to communicate has appealed for its return after it was left in a supermarket trolley.

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Peter Grove, 67, of Mowbrays Road in Collier Row, is unable to talk due to his disability and types what he wants to say onto his handheld computer tablet which has a speech-aid installed.

Last Wednesday, while out shopping with his wife Christine in the Romford Asda in Dolphin Approach at about 4pm, Peter left his iPad in a trolley after removing his shopping.

Minutes later, upon realising, he returned to the trolley to find it had been taken. When his mother-in-law Jenny Oates returned to the store to see if it had been handed in, she was told it hadn’t.

Now, she is appealing to readers to help with the safe return of the device that is so essential to Peter.

“He’s put the trolley back, lifted his shopping out and gone without realising, then gone back and found someone has taken it,” said Jenny.

“It has a black, heavy-duty cover on it. I hope someone will return it because Peter needs this to speak to people. He’s in a bad way.”

An Asda spokesman said: “We hope that that by appealing to our customers who were shopping on the day to come forward with any information they may have about the whereabouts of the missing iPad, we can help to return it to its rightful owner.”

If you have any information about the missing iPad, or know someone who does, please contact Jenny on 01708 224569.

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