Stolen Autotrail

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  1. StevieBambs

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    hi everybody.

    Our Autotrail Apache 700 SE was stolen last night, it had a Sold Secure Bulldog wheel clamp & a steering wheel lock, but they still managed to take it :Sad:

    It was clocked on the police camera in Gisburn (Nr Clitheroe, Lancashire) @ 12:01 & then clocked again on another camera on the M65 half an hour later.

    If anybody spots an Autotrail with a tribal eagle decal (21" x 21", which makes it distinctive) on each side, then please advise your local police.

    We were due to go again this weekend, but my mrs is feeling so sick that she is not sure whether to replace it as she would not want to go through this again (it is like a feeling of suffering grief?).

    Please keep your eyes peeled.

    Thanks
    Steve
     

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    Feel for you, so sorry. (Wrotten Bast*rds)
     
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    ou must be gutted. hope you get it back and soon, good luck.
     
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    gutted for you Steve, can you post some more pictures of the van (different angles) and whats your reg plate?
     
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    Gutted to hear the news...
    I have posted this information on my facebook group page in case anyone can help.....

    Do you have the reg number just in case they remove the decals..
     
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    Bastards, I feel your pain Steve, Let's hope we can find it quickly
     
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    thats shit news, hope they catch them :Angry:
     
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    good idea, i will put on my facebook too
     
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    If it were spotted up there it could be heading for the Stranraer ferry port to Ireland:Angry::Angry:
     
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    Gutting, hope you get it back real soon.
     
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    Hi.

    Registration is: HX56 UAH.

    The stripes on the nearside are brighter than the offside & has new windows (without the security etching), due to it being vandalised last year.

    Thanks for all your concern, it has been like losing a family member (absolutely gutted).

    Steve & Val
     

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    So sorry to hear your bad news you must be gutted, no matter good they are supposed to be a wheel clamp will take under a minute to remove.
    Put a picture on showing the decal and a reg number although thats no doubt been changed now.

    Dave
     
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    Gutted to hear this. Firstly, check with the Irish Ferry Terminals at Liverpool and Heysham, it could have been pre-booked onto the early ferries. DO THIS ASP, as a lot of sailings have been cancelled today! The Fleetwood to Larne ferry no longer runs. A lot of caravans have disappeared from the Lancashire area the same way. It might even now be on a ferry terminal car park!!!
     
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    If that is the case, it may well have cloned or false plates on for the ferry. A full description with photos sent to the terminals may well help. Best of luck with this, hope it's recovered very soon
     
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    If you get chance today go and poke around junction 8 on the M65 all the horseboxes nicked from around the Calderdale area got parked up there for a day or two while the tea leaves found out if it had a tracker fitted before moving it further.

    I will not say why that area or I may get accused of racism
     
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    We are very active on Facebook, 1000's will see the attached picture today
     

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    Just phoned a friend of mine who lives in Preston. His son is a traffic officer with Lancashire Police, based at the 'Tickled Trout' police motorway depot on the M6 at Preston. His lad is working today, and I have asked him to phone him, and, (if duty permits), see if he can take a look at the spot near to junction 8 M65, and also, as a favour, to put your MH at the top of his ident list.
    Just as a passing point, my friend has suggested that ALL MH and caravan owners should put their home postcodes onto their roofs, in LARGE BLACK stick on letters. The vehicle is then easily spot-able by helicopter, even if hidden in a yard!! Great idea, will be doing this myself when the weather cheers up.
     
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    Hope you get it back - or a replacement - quickly.

    We bought a wheel clamp on Jaws' recommendation a few weeks ago after This Incident.

    As an extra precaution, last Saturday our elder son helped me install CCTV mainly covering the van and the rest of the drive. I've put signs in the van telling people that they've already been recorded if they are reading them. Hopefully that will deter any thieves.
     
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    Home postcode is said by some not to be a good idea as it can also be seen by thieves from motorway bridges, indicating that a property may be empty. We had the alternative of the registration number on our previous van roof but haven't got it on the current one due to lack of space. Maybe I should look into that again.
     
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    My postcode covers about 130 properties, Graham, so I think I will go that way. :thumb:
     
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