Couple denied 50th anniversary holiday by motor home-stealing thief
A couple's plans to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in their motor home have been shattered by a thief who stole it from their drive.
Barry and Christine Roper's 23ft Fiat Ducato motor caravan was taken from outside their home in Woodcote Avenue on Tuesday, October 3 - despite being locked with a wheel clamp and a disconnected battery.
The £35,000 motor home
The couple bought their home on wheels for £35,000 in 2008 and have been using it to make the most of their retirement with up to eight trips away in it each year.
The pair were planning a break to celebrate their golden anniversary in March 2014 but now fear they will not be able to afford to replace it despite being insured.
Mr Roper said: "It’s destroyed our confidence. I have a nagging doubt that if I replaced it, then it might get stolen again."
Mrs Roper spotted the vehicle was missing when she went to go out shopping at 8.45am on Wednesday, December 4.
She added: "I could not believe it when I realised it had gone. I would like to get it back. It’s such a nice van."
This awning was in the stolen motor home
The motor home is white with the word kon-tiki written on the side. It sleeps six and has a fixed bed, cloakroom, fridge freezer, cooker and a microwave.
A grey awning with a blue trim and a full gas cylinder were in the motor home when it was taken.
If you have any information about the theft you can contact police on 101 or anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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