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Bexley hospice van stolen

PUBLISHED: 10:21 07 March 2014 | UPDATED: 11:13 07 March 2014

A Bexley hospice has had a van stolen from its own distrubition centre in Welling.

The incident took place on Saturday at Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice’s retail distribution centre, 12-15 Bellegrove Parade between 5.30pm and 9p.

The vehicle is a white Ford Transit Luton boxed van, registration number VN61 ZPR, with “Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice” printed across the side and across the front. It was last seen by Hospice staff at 5.30pm and later seen being driven down Wickham Lane in Welling after 9pm on Saturday evening. Police are checking CCTV footage of the area.

The van is vital to the charity and is used daily by the hospice’s retail department to move donated stock between its 17 shops and to collect and deliver furniture to customers across the two Boroughs. Betty Sorrell, Head of Retail, said there was shock all round when the volunteers realised it had been stolen, the funds it helped raise were used to support the hospice’s patients with life threatening illnesses, their families and carers. The theft could set the charity back £25,000.

If you have any information about the theft please contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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