Appeal for the return of stolen gypsy caravan

Gypsy caravan stolen from Wisbech
Gypsy caravan stolen from Wisbech

A COUPLE are appealing for the return of a handmade gypsy caravan that was stolen from their garden.

Terry and Sylvia Van-Santem, of Fenland Village off Osborne Road in Wisbech, were shocked when they realised the painted caravan had vanished.

They believe the caravan was taken sometime overnight on August 31 and would have been taken by at least two people as it is quite heavy.

Sylvia said the caravan was made for her specially by a neighbour about four years ago after she revealed she had always wanted one for her garden.

“Every winter, I take it in and repaint it,” she said. “Every year I paint it differently – this year there’s lots of red on it. The back of it is painted in a patchwork of colours.

“It takes about a week to do it, because I have to wait for each layer to dry and then I varnish the whole thing to make it weatherproof.

“Everybody admires it and people who pass the front garden look at it. All the gardens around here have lovely things in them, but this is just something a bit more special.”

The caravan is described as being around 28 to 30 inches long, by 24 inches high and 20 inches wide.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call Cambridgeshire Police on 0345-4564564 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800-555111.