Thugs steal Millwall mad Harvey’s disability badge as 11-year-old isolates from coronavirus

Josh Salisbury (23 March, 2020) Crime

The footie fanatic has also been staying indoors since last month because of an operation on his knees

28613The iconic photo of Harvey Brown as a mascot at Wembley

Thugs have stolen little Harvey Brown’s disability badge after smashing into the family car last week – the second time in three years.

Thieves made off with the badge after smashing the window of the Browns’ car in Bermondsey on Monday night, March 16.

Harvey, 11, is well known to News readers and Millwall fans alike as being a Lions superfan who suffers from the ultra-rare Morquio syndrome.

Alongside having to isolate because of the coronavirus, the footie fanatic has also been staying indoors since last month because of an operation on his knees.

Added to the family’s struggles at this time is the fact the Browns have now had to shell out £50 on the insurance and apply for a new disability badge from Southwark Council.

“It’s disgusting,” said his dad, Dean. “I’ve heard rumours that people sell them so they could get three hundred quid upwards.

“They are making money off taking stuff from disabled people. They don’t realise the damage they do, not just for us but to do it to anyone.

“I can’t get my head around how people could be so scummy.”

On February 11, Harvey had to have an operation to his knees, meaning his mobility is limited and the badge came in useful to have priority parking in supermarkets.

Since the outbreak of the virus, the family have been making sure he is staying inside as he is in a high-risk category.

“Harvey’s under isolation because of the virus,” said Dean. “Our main worry now is this virus. We’re doing out best to keep that away from him.

“Harvey’s bored, bless him, but he understands why we need to do it.”

However, one thing that has been putting a smile on Millwall-mad Harvey’s face is a signed shirt from the Lions’ very own Aiden O’Brien.

“Harvey was eleven, that was just before his op [in February],” said Dean. “Aidan O’ Brien signed a shirt for him for his birthday and we had a party indoors on that Sunday.”

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