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St Clare’s delighted to have van returned after stolen by heartless thieves.

Charity / Wed 26th Feb 2014 at 12:06pm

ST CLARE is delighted to announce that our stolen van has been recovered by police just hours after it was driven off by thieves from the Hospice car park.

The Hastingwood-based charity was inundated with messages of support from the community after we announced the news via Facebook and Twitter.

Staff were dismayed to find the Bedford van, which is easily identifiable as it is emblazoned with the St Clare logo and branding, had disappeared when they arrived for work this morning (Tuesday). A trawl of CCTV footage revealed the vehicle had been driven out the Hospice gates towards the M11 interchange shortly after 11pm the previous night (Monday).

Within hours of the news breaking on our Facebook page, almost 200 people had shared the post and several sightings were reported in the Nazeing area.

The van, which is in use six days a week, makes about 10 trips a day, delivering and collecting furniture and other goods which are bought and sold in our seven Hospice shops.

Chief executive Tanya Curry said: “We are delighted that the van has been recovered but as a local charity, we are gutted that anyone would target the Hospice, especially to come onto the St Clare site under the cover of darkness to steal our van.

“Our van drivers provide a first-class service and without it, it would not be possible to collect the unwanted furniture and other items that the public kindly donate to us to sell in our shops, helping us generate the vital income we need to continue providing our skilled and compassionate care to people living with a terminal or life-limiting illness in our community.

“The cost to the Hospice of the van being off the road is about £1,000 a day, money which could be spent on caring for our patients, so we are extremely keen to get the van back as soon as possible once the police have finished their investigations. We just hope the culprits are caught and made to understand the impact their actions have had on our charity.”

stclarevanAnyone with information about the theft is asked to contact Essex Police on the non-emergency number, 101. Please quote crime reference CF0153600214.

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