Bristol couple left ‘totally devastated’ after van robbery

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By Mia Vines BoothWednesday Apr 5, 2023

A Bristol couple was left “totally devastated” after their converted van was stolen a day before they were to leave on holiday.

Amy and Tim from Sea Mills had planned to take their disabled son on vacation in the van, but were devastated to discover it had been stolen on Saturday morning.

Tim had converted the van to allow the family to continue going to the beach after their 13-year-old son suffered a stroke and became disabled.

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The mother’s sister, Louise Whitaker, took to social media for help.

In a tweet Tuesday morning, he said his sister-in-law and brother-in-law were “totally broken.”

“After my one-year-old nephew’s stroke, my brother-in-law converted a van so they could continue to go to the beach and take care of my nephew’s additional needs. Stolen from Bristol last night, last tracked in Wrington.

“This was a labor of love with the project that took years. Twitter is a long shot, I know, but someone will try to sell it. Let’s make it too hot to touch.

“This van is irreplaceable. Purpose build for your needs. Let this little boy and his wheelchair get to the beach and go.”

A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police said: “Investigations are underway following the theft of a vehicle in Sea Mills over the weekend.”

They asked anyone who saw someone acting suspicious in the area to contact them.

Featured photo: Louise Whitaker’s Twitter

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