December 7 2013 Latest news:
Monday, October 14, 2013
A family has been left heartbroken after burglars broke in to a secure storage site and stole their caravan.
Two caravans were stolen during the early hours of Sunday morning after burglars broke into The Homestead Caravan Park in Tuttles Lane.
And now a family is issuing a plea for information after their caravan was stolen - just three months after they bought it.
Simon Hill, who lives in Wymondham with his wife, Gillian and their two-year-old daughter, Jessica, is appealing for information to help trace the Abbey Aventura 330.
At around 12.30am on Sunday, October 6, burglars cut a hole in the hedge at the back of the site to avoid setting off the sensored lights and alarms, smashed the hitch locks and wheel clamps from the caravans and dragged them out through the hedge, along the adjoining field past Wymondham Garden Centre and out onto Tuttles Lane.
The couple used their savings and inheritance money from Gillian’s uncle to buy their £6,000 caravan in July.
“We used it four times throughout the summer, we loved it. Gillian took her mum and Jessica to Wells and we spent the long bank holiday weekend in Sheringham,” Mr Hill said.
“Jessica is very upset. She said ‘Daddy you need to ring the bad man who took our caravan and tell him he can’t borrow it’.
“We are not sure why they stole ours. The other one they stole is newer and a lot more posh than ours. It wasn’t insured.”
The 39-year-old is offering a £250 reward for anyone who can give information which leads to the caravan’s safe return.
“Somebody took two caravans and drove down Tuttles Lane at night. Somebody must have seen them,” he added.
CCTV footage from the Garden Centre showed that the burglars travelled towards Hingham.
Chief Superintendent Nick Davison, who leads the County Policing Command, said: “To help prevent becoming a victim of opportunistic crime we recommend that when storing caravans that they have tow-hitch locks and wheel clamps securing them.
“We would also recommend caravan owners to insure their holiday homes, keep documentation separate from the caravan and ensure all the windows are engraved with an identifying mark such as the VIN number. Appropriate lighting, gates and fencing can also help to deter thieves.
“Additionally, it’s best to remove valuables when your caravan is parked on your driveway, and also be aware that your insurance company may not cover the cost of these items if stolen.
“By taking these simple measures you may make your holiday home less attractive to thieves and could assist police if we recover a stolen caravan, as it will be easier to identify the owner.”
Officers are keen to speak to anyone who may have spotted any suspicious behaviour in the area. Witnesses should contact PC Thomas Munday at Norfolk Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.