Heartless thieves who stole a caravan from a driveway in Poulton have ruined a young girl’s summer holiday, her dad has said.
David Hargreaves said he and his partner had bought the caravan just weeks before it was stolen from the driveway of their Moorland Road home.
He had hoped to create some “nice family memories” for their two-year-old daughter Alice.
“This is the first summer she is aware of properly” he said.
“She would have had a great time going to places like the Lake District in it.
“Then some dirty, horrible people stole it away from us.”
Despite having security lights and CCTV installed, a fault with the cameras meant the offenders got away undetected with the £4,000 Hobby Deluxe Easy caravan.
The offence took place in the early hours of Wednesday and now the family is appealing for information to help catch the people responsible.
Mr Hargreaves said: “Our dogs wake up when the postman takes his first step on the driveway.
“They would have had to turn around on a gravel drive and we have got about eight security lights – it would have been lit up like Blackpool Tower.
“Even with all that they managed to get away with something that weighs 1.5 tonnes.”
He said the family are now planning to install security gates following the theft, which is being investigated by police.
He added: “We want to make people aware these crimes are going on in the area.
“On May 3, there were two guys that tried to steal vehicles along Moorland Road.
“I don’t know if it is linked, but it could be.”
He said he had reported that incident to the police at the time.
Lancashire Police confirmed it is looking into the incident.
A spokesman said: “The incident was reported to us at 9.15am on Wednesday.
“At some point between 10pm on Tuesday and 9am on Wednesday somebody has pushed the Hobby Deluxe Easy caravan on to the road and made off with it.
“Our investigations are ongoing.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101.