A voluntary driver can no longer help those most in need after cruel burglars stole emergency lights from his van.
Lee Hemmingway drives for Cleckheaton-based West Yorkshire 4x4 Volunteers, but was hit by burglars who struck during the night at his home in Nunroyd, Heckmondwike.
The group helps emergency services get to remote and rural areas during hazardous weather conditions, and each vehicle needs orange warning lights fitted to the top of the cars to attend many of the emergency scenes.
The lights will cost about £160 to replace which, as Lee paid for it out of his own pocket, cannot be bought yet.
Lee said: “I came downstairs that morning and I was shocked – the light had gone.”
“With the snow just around the corner, the emergency services are going to need some help from our responders in getting to remote places.
“But now I can’t help them out – if the police want me to go out somewhere, I can’t because I don’t have any warning lights. It is a lot of money,” he said. “And I just can’t afford it right now.”
Lee believes the thieves had used wire-cutters to carefully remove the light.
He said: “It looks like it has been done to order – as they have not damaged my vehicle at all.”
Police believe the crime was committed some time between 9pm on Tuesday January 7 and 7am on Wednesday January 8.
Police said enquiries are ongoing, and anyone with any information should contact the non-emergency 101 number.