THIEVES broke into the home of a disabled Wirral mum while she and her family slept upstairs and stole cash saved up to buy Christmas presents.

More than £170 was taken after the heartless crooks crow-barred their way into Tracey Moran’s home in Prenton in the early hours of Saturday.

They also took a laptop and the family car, a grey Vauxhall Meriva, that had  Tracey’s vital mobility scooter in the boot.

Tracey, her husband John and their two young sons were asleep upstairs at the time.

The 42-year-old bookkeeper was diagnosed with myeltis, a viral infection of the spinal cord, and is only able to move around her home with the aid of walking sticks and a wheelchair.

She told the Globe: “We'd been saving up our Christmas present money in a glass jar for ages. What really sickens me is that the thieves have been walking around the house while my two boys were asleep upstairs.

“Without the mobility scooter I just feel as if I am now trapped in my own home. It’s really very frustrating.

“I was a victim of burglary years ago, but it was different because I didn’t have children then.

“I’m fed up and feel like I’ve had my legs taken away. If I ever got the chance to speak to those who did this I’d ask ‘why me?’”

Tracey’s furious sister-in-law Kerry Henharron said: “Whoever has done this are low-life scumbags who probably don’t realise they have ruined people’s lives and don’t even care.”

Detective Sergeant Gary Stratton, said: "This is a despicable crime and the victims are still extremely distressed and finding it very difficult to come to terms with what has happened.

“As well as the items taken from the property, a woman has had one of her only means of mobility taken away from her.

“It is vital that we find the people responsible for this callous crime and bring them to justice.

"I would like to hear from anyone who has any information about this incident, or who is offered any of this property, particularly the mobility scooter, for sale.

"Our investigations will continue until we catch those responsible and I would urge anyone who has any information that can help us to reunite them with their property to contact the police."

Anyone with information should call police on 0151 777 2247 or Crimestoppers in confidence 0800 555 1111.