Thieves take three Ford Transit vans in same week

Insp Dave Bugg outside Carlton Lanes Shopping Centre. (p620a506)
Insp Dave Bugg outside Carlton Lanes Shopping Centre. (p620a506)

A roofer says he has been left unable to work after thieves stole his van.

Richard Hopson’s Ford Transit van was one of three stolen from the Normanton area in just one week.

And police believe the thefts could be linked.

Mr Hopson’s van was taken from Castleford Road in the early hours of Monday, February 16.

Another vehicle was stolen on the same night sometime between 1am and 6.50am from Hanson Avenue.

And a third van was taken from Castleford Road sometime between 9pm and 10.40pm on Sunday, February 22.

Mr Hopson, 38, of Oxford Street, Normanton, said: “It is organised and they’ve dealt a blow to my livelihood.

“I’m self-employed and I’ve got two lads who work for me, but now we are all out of work.”

Mr Hopson’s van contained tools and building equipment worth around £15,000.

He said: “I’ve read on Facebook the thieves might have a remote so they can get into the vans. Then they used a device which overrides the lock and they can drive away.”

Insp Dave Bugg, of Castleford neighbourhood policing team (NPT), warned drivers to make sure their vehicles were locked and secure.

He said: “It is a force-wide issue and something we are trying to tackle.”

Insp Bugg advised motorists to use good quality steering locks, tracking devices and park their vehicles in places which makes it difficult for thieves to target vehicles.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said they are looking at possible links between the three incidents.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.