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Holiday ruined by caravan theft

7 August 2009

A family have had their caravan ruined by thieves who unhitched their caravan from their car whilst they stopped at a motorway service station in Surrey.

The Dethleff caravan, which is worth around £5,000, was stolen from Clacket Lane services on the M25 near Limpsfield on Monday morning.

The Surrey police said that the family were on their way to Dover and the caravan was packed with equipment.

Detective Constable Julian Knowles said: "it cannot be underestimated how brazen this theft was. The caravan was unhitched from the family's car and driven away within a very short amount of time."

He added: "I am appealing to caravan enthusiasts who may be offered a white Dethleffs for sale at a heavily reduced price to contact us immediately as it may belong to this family."

Towergate Bakers spokesperson, Paul Havenhand says, "unfortunately this is not an isolated incident, this is why we encourage all of the people we speak to to fix a wheel clamp and hitch lock to prevent occurrences like this from happening."

Source:, Holiday 'ruined' by caravan theft, 6 August 2009

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