A Christian biker is appealing for help after thieves left him homeless.
Leslie Hendry was living in a caravan but after leaving the van to go to church on Sunday, March 2, it was stolen. He is now sleeping in his car.
The caravan was parked in a lay-by on Lynn Road, Wisbech, opposite Kwik Fit and a blue-grey pick-up was seen driving it away just half an hour after Mr Hendry left.
“I am just shocked,” he told the Citizen. “I came to this town because I was told it was nice here and there were plenty of opportunities for work, so I am finding this very hard to believe.”
Mr Hendry (46), who is originally from the North-East, fell on hard times after his marriage broke down. He had been running a Greek restaurant before he moved to Greece with his wife.
He recently returned to England and has been trying to find work. His two children, Nondas (7) and Eleni (5) have been living with friends until Mr Hendry finds them somewhere permanent.
He had been living in the caravan for just a week and a half but his plans are now in tatters as he says no-one will employ him without a place of residence.
Mr Hendry attempted to get housed but was told that because he was not a vulnerable person, he would have to find himself somewhere to sleep. He was given details of homeless shelters.
“I have always done charity events,” Mr Hendry said, “and helped others. I had heard that the minister at Trinity Methodist Church was a motorcycle enthusiast so I wanted to get in touch, make some new friends and meet some people.”
Mr Hendry does have one friend in the town but they unfortunately don’t have room for him to stay. He has been using their flat to fill his flask and make himself a hot meal when he can.
He is hoping his plight will sting the conscience of the thieves, who he said came armed with the proper tools to move the caravan.
“It’s an old 1980s caravan. It’s not worth anything to anyone. But it had all my things in it. I just want it back. If someone wants to drop it back, there will be no questions asked.”
Police confirmed the theft happened at around 10.30am on Sunday, March 2. Anyone who saw the theft or caravan afterwards is asked to call 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800-555111.