Lower Clapton woman starts hunt for stolen van

PUBLISHED: 10:48 24 March 2011 | UPDATED: 11:41 24 March 2011

Jo Clarke's campervan,

Jo Clarke's campervan, "Audrey" that was stolen in Clapton


A woman has spearheaded her own campaign for the safe return of her “beloved” campervan, after police closed the case the day after it opened.

Jo Clarke's campervan, "Audrey" that was stolen in Clapton

Jo Clarke reported that “Audrey,” a 1984 cream and brown Sherpa with numberplate B201 EDP, had been stolen outside her home in Springfield, Lower Clapton, on Monday February 21.

But the next day the Met’s motor vehicle crime unit sent out a letter saying the investigation was closed.

Unimpressed, the 33-year old instigated her own campaign, putting up posters and setting up a Facebook appeal on the social networking site.

She discovered her postman had seen two large white men, who were possibly from Eastern Europe, driving a large white van, who towed “Audrey” away at around 10am.

Jo Clarke with the campervan which was stolen in Clapton last week

Jo contacted police again, but CCTV and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) have not come up with any leads.

“I’m totally devastated,” said Jo.

“A campervan is more than just a vehicle - she definitely isn’t fast or particularly fuel efficient but she had bags of style and personality.”

In the last year, six camper vans have been stolen in Clapton.

Jo Clarke's campervan, "Audrey" that was stolen in Clapton

DC Mike Edon, from Hackney’s Motor Vehicle Unit, said: “We have unfortunately exhausted all lines of enquiry with this case.

“Anyone who thinks they may have seen this vehicle or has any information concerning it should contact 0300 123 1212.”

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