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Thieves have stolen a van belonging to a charity in Lichfield.
St Giles Hospice’s white Ford Transit Trend van was taken from the back of a warehouse at Shenstone’s Birchbook Park off Line Line at 6.40pm on December 27.
The distinctive vehicle features the charity’s green logos on either side and has the registration number YS11 YMM.
Drivers returning to work after the Christmas break made the discovery as they prepared to deliver and collect furniture donations to and from the various St Giles shops across the region.
Lynwen Truesdale, Head of Retail for St Giles Hospice, said: “It saddens me that the charity has been targeted in this way, it really is very disappointing.
“We rely on our vans to deliver the donations made by our generous supporters, which in turn enable us to continue providing specialist services and high-quality care for local people living with cancer and other serious illnesses.”
The van was fitted with a tracking system, but this has since been removed.
“This has inevitably had a major impact on us,” Lynwen added. “We’ve had to pay for a hire van to help us continue our deliveries and collections, and until the stolen vehicle is returned we can’t settle an insurance claim.
“We are also concerned that the thieves might pose as charity workers so we would like to warn people to be extra vigilant and remind them that our van drivers always wear a St Giles uniform and will be able to show identification if required.
“If anyone thinks they might have seen the van or knows anything about this incident please contact the police as soon as possible.”
The stolen vehicle is one of four St Giles Hospice vans and the remaining three are still on the roads delivering and collecting donations. Anyone with information can call police on 101, quoting the crime reference number F2/292/2016.
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