Honiton couple devastated after their new caravan was stolen

PUBLISHED: 17:00 02 November 2017 | UPDATED: 17:06 02 November 2017

Tim and Chris Lovell in the car park where their caravan was stolen. Ref mhh 44 17TI 3039. Picture: Terry Ife

Tim and Chris Lovell in the car park where their caravan was stolen. Ref mhh 44 17TI 3039. Picture: Terry Ife

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Tim and Chris Lovell, of Lee Close, bought the Elddis Cyclone for a four-figure sum only a month ago.

The stolen caravan belonging to the Lovells.The stolen caravan belonging to the Lovells.

A Honiton couple have been left devastated after their caravan was stolen within just 30 minutes.

Tim and Chris Lovell, of Lee Close, bought the Elddis Cyclone for a four-figure sum only a month ago.

The couple’s ‘retirement present’ was going to be used to help Tim, who is battling cancer, recuperate following a major operation.

But their dreams of travelling the country in comfort have been dashed after the mobile home was taken.

Chris, 62, said: “The caravan was parked in a car park opposite our flat, and it did definitely not go by our window.

“We reckon whoever took it drove it the wrong way down the one-way street, onto the road to Cullompton and then they were on the motorway.”

Chris estimates she spent £50 on new bedding for the caravan, which was full of their personal belongings.

“I am so upset,” she said. “It’s devastating. All of our personal things were in there. We had a TV, microwave, slow cooker in there too, and clothes.

“I could not believe it was gone when I looked out of the window.

“It was definitely taken by someone who knew what they were doing because it was done so quick.”

Tim, 67, added: “We are hoping someone might see it somewhere and get in touch with the police.”

Despite leaving a financial hole in their pockets, the theft has also ruined the couple’s holiday plans.

With Tim scheduled for another operation before Christmas, he and Chris had planned several getaways to help him recover.

“We had lots of plans and they have all been dashed,” Chris said.

“It’s unbelievable. I think it’s such a shame that someone must have seen it and decided to take it.”

The caravan was taken between 6pm and 6.30pm on October 30, and has a noticeable crack in the rear light on the driver’s side.

The couple are pleading for anyone who spots the caravan, reg R455 MEH, to contact police.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Anyone with any information is asked to contact 101@dc.police.uk quoting crime reference CR/094272/17.”

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