Van taken by ‘opportunist’ thief

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A family has launched a passionate appeal for information after their van was stolen yesterday.

Gas fitter Ged Barker left his van unattended for a couple of minutes while he visited a potential client, on Kelvin Road, Norbreck, and came out to discover it had been taken.

His wife, Christine, said the loss of the vehicle had left him unable to work.

She said: “That was his livelihood, gone in two minutes. I have been driving round everywhere looking for it.”

The white Citroen Dispatch van, registration PE56 GPX, was taken at around 6.10pm on Thursday.

It was full of power tools used by Mr Barker and his son David as part of their work.

Mrs Barker added: “His whole life was in that van.”

Paperwork that had been kept in the van was later found dumped near Queens Park flats, in Layton.

Police have said they are investigating the theft and are checking CCTV footage from petrol stations in the area as the van had enough fuel in the tank to last around 20 miles.

A police spokeswoman described the theft as “opportunist” and appealed for anyone who has seen the van to call 101.