Newspaper van stolen in spate of thefts

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DELIVERY drivers are being warned not to leave keys in their vehicles after spate of vans thefts in the area.

A white Mercedes delivery van containing 20 bundles of the Daventry Express newspaper was stolen with the keys from outside Clifton Post Office in Main Street, Clifton on Dunsmore at 10.15am on Thursday last week after the driver left the vehicle for a few moments to make a delivery.

The vehicle, which a registration plate which starts FX51, was driven off by the thief down Church Street. The papers were found dumped in Lilbourne but the van is still missing.

A plain white Peugeot Partner van was also stolen at 12.45pm on Wednesday last week in Lutterworth Road, Brinklow. The van has two amber beacons on it and at the time of the theft it had a ladder on the roof. The thief was wearing a high visibility jacket.

Vans were also stolen during thefts in Stratford and Leamington this week, leading police to warn drivers to be vigilant.

George Stepney, Warwickshire Police Community Intervention Manager, said: “It only takes a few seconds to steal your van so please take the keys out of the ignition and lock your van.

“Drivers also need to consider the affect this may have on their insurance if they have not taken reasonable precautions to protect their vehicle.

“We are asking van drivers to be alert to vehicles who appear to be following you around your route and not to put yourself at risk by tackling van thieves. Your vehicle can be replaced, you cannot.”

Witnesses or anyone with information about where the vans might be can call police on (01926) 415000.