Owner dev­as­tated by theft of beloved clas­sic Mini

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - What’s On - By Vicky Cas­tle

A so­cial worker has spo­ken of his dev­as­ta­tion af­ter his prized car was stolen from a car park.

Pej Al­izadeh, 32, from Chil­ham, re­ported his clas­sic Mini had been taken from the vil­lage hall car park some­time be­tween 6pm on Tues­day Fe­bru­ary 2 and 8.30am the next day.

The mar­ried dad-to-be is now hop­ing some­one with in­for­ma­tion will come for­ward so he can be re­united with his beloved car.

He said: “I am ab­so­lutely dev­as­tated. It was my pride and joy.

“I spent three years restor­ing it to a high stan­dard through spe­cial­ist Mini me­chan­ics.

“I am a so­cial worker and in a very stress­ful pro­fes­sion. I used to use my Mini as a way to re­lax and de-pres­surise from my job with Kent County Coun­cil.

“I know it sounds stupid but my life has just be­come a whole lot harder.

“I know it is ‘just a car’ but to me much more. I went on Lon­don to Brighton runs with the car and at­tended many shows. I’m to­tally dev­as­tated.”

He said the car had been tem­po­rar­ily parked at the vil­lage hall while hedge­cut­ters worked at the spot he usu­ally parked it in.

Mr Al­izadeh, who is origi- nally from Iran and mar­ried to an Amer­i­can, said he was hop­ing to pass down the Mini to his daugh­ter.

He added: “There’s noth­ing else of value in this world I own. My wife and I wanted to pass it down to our daugh­ter be­cause it is a clas­sic Bri­tish icon, which is very im­por­tant to us.”

Re­cent fig­ures from the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Auto Theft In­ves­ti­ga­tors have re­vealed a hike in mod­ern clas­sic cars be­ing tar­geted by thieves.

The fig­ures also show that Kent is a hot spot for na­tion­wide ve­hi­cle crime, with crim­i­nal gangs tar­get­ing 1980s clas­sic cars, mo­tor­bikes, vans and camper­vans.

Po­lice have asked any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the ve­hi­cle’s dis­ap­pear­ance to con­tact them on 101, quot­ing ref­er­ence num­ber ZY/003695/16.

‘My wife and I wanted to pass it down to our daugh­ter be­cause it is a clas­sic Bri­tish icon’

Pe­j­man Al­izadeh by his clas­sic Mini

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