Mobile tea shop project hit by theft of rare items

Angry: Mary Haresign with her 1972 Transit Landliner, which had its rare hub caps stolen at the weekend.
Angry: Mary Haresign with her 1972 Transit Landliner, which had its rare hub caps stolen at the weekend.
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A CLASSIC car enthusiast says thieves left her feeling “angry, upset and violated” after taking “irreplaceable” hub caps off a vintage van she dreams of converting into a mobile tea shop.

Mary Haresign (30) is living in a flat above former pub The Plough in Bourne Road, Spalding and had parked her 1972 Ford Transit Landliner at the back of the pub car park.

However, at the weekend she discovered that someone had swiped the hub caps off the wheels, a theft that she says must have taken place on Friday or Saturday night.

The hub caps are worth £300 to £400, but Mary says they are rare and she will struggle to replace them at all.

She said: “I will be lucky if I ever replace them – whoever has got them will want to keep hold of them. They are collectable and rare.

“I’m angry and upset, they’re irreplaceable really and I feel violated that someone thinks they have got the right to come into my property and take what they want.”

Mary wonders if anyone passing by on the busy Bourne Road saw anything suspicious around the pub site at the weekend and is urging any classic car enthusiasts to be on the lookout in case the pricey hub caps come on the market.

She bought the vehicle at Holbeach Vintage Rally with a view to giving it a quirky revamp as a tea shop to take around shows.

Mary explained: “I’ve got my own business doing wedding planning but vintage tea parties are in at the moment and I want to convert it into a mobile tea shop and go around events with it.

“I’ve had to work hard and pay for it so this has put a bit of a dampener on things.”

She’s now taken the van away to another site to keep it safe from further thefts.

Anyone with information about the theft should contact Spalding Police Station on 0300 111 0300.