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PHOTOS: Stolen machine that helps disabled Plymouth teen to talk is found

miya - plymouth girl with cerebral palsy

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 4:41pm 10th May 2018. (Updated at 8:40am 11th May 2018)

A special computer that helps a disabled Plymouth teenager to talk has been found - after it was stolen.

Pirate FM told you how the Liberator Eyegaze machine was taken from a car in Marazion Way, Pennycross, back in January.

Miya Thirlby has cerebral palsy and epilepsy and needs the machine to communicate.

Her dad shared an appeal on Twitter to try and track it down.

The post was retweeted more than 100,000 times and support from celebrities flooded in.

Ex-England footballer Paul Gascoigne donated £1,000 pounds and the likes of Alan Sheerer and Dawn French also showed their support.

Now police say the £5,000 machine has been found and returned to the family.

Officers were alerted to a Cash Converters store by staff after they recognised the item which was being offered to them for sale because of its particular use and because they were made aware of the theft earlier in the year.

Detective Inspector Paul Weymouth from Charles Cross Local Investigation said: "The family are delighted that this item has been recovered and can once again be used by their daughter.

"Thanks must go out to the staff of Cash Convertors in New George street Plymouth, whose vigilance resulted in the recovery of this item."

A 41-year-old man from Plymouth was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods and has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

A 37-year-old man from Plymouth was arrested on suspicion of assault a constable in the execution if his/her duty, burglary, handling stolen goods and theft from a motor vehicle.

He has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

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