Brazen thieves take a car­a­van

Glamorgan Gazette - - Front Page - TYLER MEARS [email protected]­line.co.uk

BRICKS, wood, metal wheels and plas­tic de­bris – that was all that was left af­ter a fam­ily car­a­van was stolen from a hol­i­day park near Porth­cawl last Mon­day, leav­ing the own­ers dev­as­tated.

BRICKS, wood, metal wheels and plas­tic de­bris – that was all that was left af­ter a fam­ily car­a­van was stolen from a hol­i­day park near Porth­cawl on Mon­day.

Grand­par­ents Bar­bara and Terry Pike were left dev­as­tated af­ter dis­cov­er­ing their tourer had been towed away from Dany­graig Hol­i­day Park in South Cor­nelly.

The 2015 Swift Sprite model had been pitched at the site since ear­lier this year, along with a large awning and a small wooden fence.

But thieves man­aged to cut through three locks, metal wiring and plas­tic UPVC to hook up the tourer to a ve­hi­cle, be­fore brazenly driv­ing away with it.

The cou­ple, from the Rhondda, who have three grand­chil­dren, say the whole fam­ily have been left dev­as­tated at “their sec­ond home” be­ing taken, along with more than £20,000 worth of be­long­ings and a num­ber of sen­ti­men­tal items.

Terry, 61, said: “The farmer who owns the site tried to phone me on Mon­day night, but my phone was on silent.

“My son – who’s got a car­a­van on the same site – phoned me in the morn­ing and he said: ‘ Your car­a­van has been pinched.’

“I thought he was jok­ing. We went down there on Tues­day morn­ing and the whole car­a­van was just gone.”

Mr Pike said the thieves man­aged to cut through two wheel locks, a hitch lock – which was se­cured to the front of the tow bar – a 12mm wire which had been threaded through the axle and uPVC cladding around the front and side of the tourer.

“They must have been look­ing at our car­a­van be­fore steal­ing it on Mon­day night,” he said.

“For them to know what sort of se­cu­rity we had, and what they needed to cut through it – this wasn’t just a five-minute job.

“They would have had to walk across the site, undo all of the se­cu­rity, cut the locks, drive in, hook up and drive off.”

Mr Pike – who owned an­other car­a­van on the same site for more than 10 years be­fore buy­ing this one in March – es­ti­mates that the fam­ily may have lost more than £20,000 worth of items, in­clud­ing two TVs, two mi­crowaves, an awning, cooker, bed­ding, dec­o­ra­tions and the cost of the car­a­van it­self.

“We had a lot of sen­ti­men­tal items in there, like Toy Story toys that be­longed to the kids when they were lit­tle.

“We had half our lives in there – we pretty much lived there for seven months of the year. It hasn’t re­ally sunk in.

“My wife and my grand­chil­dren are re­ally up­set. It’s like some­one has just ripped some­thing away from us.

“We’ve worked hard our whole lives and peo­ple just come and take it from us.

“It’s like a big part of our fam­ily has been taken.”

Mr Pike says the car­a­van was taken on Mon­day at around mid­night.

A po­lice spokes­woman said: “South Wales Po­lice re­ceived re­ports of the theft of a car­a­van at Dany­graig Hol­i­day Park, Porth­cawl, on Tues­day, Novem­ber 20, at ap­prox­i­mately 9.30am.

“This is cur­rently be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

“If any­one saw the in­ci­dent or has any in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact us on 101 or you can call Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555 111 quot­ing oc­cur­rence 1800440754.”

This is all that was left af­ter a fam­ily car­a­van was stolen from a hol­i­day park near Porth­cawl. Grand­par­ents, Bar­bara and Terry Pike were left dev­as­tated

The scene af­ter a car­a­van was stolen

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