‘PO­LICE DIDN’T CHECK FOR DAD’S STOLEN E-TYPE’

Daugh­ter un­happy at Es­sex force’s re­sponse in the af­ter­math of the theft

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‘Some­one must have been watch­ing the house, which is up­set­ting’

Acrest­fallen Jaguar E-type owner is ap­peal­ing to en­thu­si­asts to help him lo­cate his stolen ve­hi­cle after Es­sex po­lice told him that they have no more leads to fol­low to in­ves­ti­gate the crime.

Brazen thieves forced their way into John Walker’s locked garage at his home in May­land­sea, near Chelms­ford, at some point in the early hours on 26 Septem­ber to steal his 1971 Se­ries 3 Coupé.

John is ap­peal­ing for any in­for­ma­tion from any­one who may have spot­ted the blue V12 model in the event of the thieves at­tempt­ing to sell the car. Its reg­is­tra­tion is HEA 19K but there’s a strong like­li­hood this will have been changed al­ready.

John’s daugh­ter, Monique, is en­cour­ag­ing any­one who may have seen the E-type to get in touch with her via email.

She says: ‘The po­lice haven’t been very help­ful at all. There is CCTV all around the vil­lage, but po­lice have not checked it.

‘My fa­ther is 80 this year and has been a great col­lec­tor of cars and bikes. This was one of his re­tire­ment poli­cies be­cause he doesn’t have a pen­sion – but the car is very per­sonal to him too. The fact some­one must have been watch­ing the house or knew the car was there – it was cov­ered up and locked away – is re­ally up­set­ting.’

Es­sex Po­lice wrote to John, con­firm­ing there were no fur­ther en­quiries they could make and would be clos­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Clas­sic Car Weekly ap­p­ro­cached Es­sex Po­lice for a re­sponse to John’s con­cerns and for more in­for­ma­tion about the car, but it had not re­sponded be­fore this week’s is­sue went to press.

Ken Ger­man, com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor of the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Auto Theft In­ves­ti­ga­tors (IAATI), says that the area is be­ing hit by a wave of thefts.

He says: ‘ We do have sev­eral ac­tive clas­sic-car thieves op­er­at­ing in Es­sex and Kent at the mo­ment.

‘Un­for­tu­nately, the fact is that the po­lice would have in­ves­ti­gated all the leads they have and have no fur­ther ev­i­dence to work with, al­though if there is ac­cess to CCTV footage this should cer­tainly have been checked.’

The E-type was taken in the early hours of Tues­day 26 Septem­ber.

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