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Sunday 20 April 2014

Appeal as autistic boy's bike is stolen

THE family of a boy with special needs is appealing for information after his specially adapted bicycle was stolen from outside his school.

Agnius Omusidis was distraught and confused when he left school on Tuesday afternoon to discover that his bicycle, which had been fitted with special stabilisers, had been stolen.

Agnius, who is autistic, is just six-years-old and his mother Amy Kybarta had imported the bicycle and the special stabilisers from the UK.

She described the bicycle as a "social lifeline" for her son, who has difficulties with behaviour and language because of his condition.

"I am looking for the bicycle because he absolutely hates changes.

"It means a lot to him. I got the bike for him about four months ago, before that he wouldn't even look at a bicycle. He even started riding it to school and out around the area. Usually he hates going to the park or going anywhere, but now he loves it," Amy explained.

Agnius was distraught when he noticed the theft had occurred outside Merlin Woods primary school, Doughiska, Co Galway, on Tuesday afternoon.

"He started crying and he was looking for the bicycle. But his teacher was there, thankfully, and she knows how to calm him down," his mother said.

A public appeal for information was launched after the news of the petty theft spread, and a social media campaign was launched, with some strangers even offering to contribute money to replace the stolen bike.

However, Amy said that the value of the bicycle was priceless, and that her "innocent" young son doesn't understand why someone would just take his bicycle.

"It wasn't too expensive, but I just have to look for it. It's just the time and effort to look for it, and that he just loved it so much," she added.

The family are asking anyone who may have seen or noticed anything to contact them via either Facebook or Twitter.

Irish Independent

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