Motorhome thieves give cops the slip

John Simpson shows the tight space where his motorhome was parked before thieves stole it.
John Simpson shows the tight space where his motorhome was parked before thieves stole it.
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THIEVES who stole a motorhome from Whaplode were spotted by police but managed to get away.

The vehicle was taken from John Simpson’s driveway in the early hours of Sunday morning and just half an hour later officers from Norfolk Police spotted it “acting suspiciously” in Walpole St Andrew, just over the Lincolnshire border.

Police tried to stop the vehicle but the thieves drove off. Officers followed them but lost the vehicle which was later found abandoned in a field on Gunsthorpe Lane.

The Mercedes motorhome was stolen from Mr Simpson’s Churchgate home, while he and partner Pauline Hilton slept inside the house.

He said: “We really don’t know how they got it out of the driveway.

“My car was parked there as well and there must have been only about four inches to spare each side. They did scrape it on the wall a bit.”

Mr Simpson reported the motorhome missing when he got up on Sunday morning and realised it had gone but by then it had already been recovered by the police.

He said: “At the moment it’s at a garage waiting for forensics officers to look at it.

“I know it was hot wired but I’ve no idea how badly damaged it is and whether or not it will be repairable.”

Mr Simpson bought the motorhome, which is worth about £8,000, three years ago and he uses it regularly in the summer.

He added: “It is my pride and joy, my baby.

“I’ve done a lot of work on it and was gobsmacked when I went outside and it had gone.”

A police spokeman said: “Officers from Norfolk Police attempted to stop the vehicle after it was witnessed acting suspiciously.

“The vehicle made off from police and was later found abandoned in a field in Walpole St Andrew.”