Acrefair couple heartbroken at theft of dream machine

Published date: 03 December 2013 |
Published by: Charlie Croasdale
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A RETIRED couple from a Wrexham village are “absolutely gutted” after their dream caravan was stolen in a late-night theft.

Former engineer Brian Mackie, 66, and his wife Sandra, 68, went to bed on Friday night in their Acrefair home with their £10,000 vehicle parked on their driveway as usual.

But they awoke the next day to find their pride and joy vanished – together with £2,500 worth of contents inside.

Mr Mackie, of Bethania Road, spoke of their despair at losing their bespoke holiday vehicle.

The couple had spent more than three years searching for the rare caravan model.

“We’re absolutely gutted, to be honest. It feels like someone has come into our home and invaded our personal space,” he said.

“Myself and Sandra have been going on caravan holidays for the past seven years and about two years ago we bought this one for £10,000, because it was in the style we’d been looking for for the last three years.

“It is quite rare as it has an island bed. It’s top-of-the-range.

“There was a TV, satelite dish, other electrical appliances – about £2,500 worth of contents in total.

“It was fully alarmed, had a hitch and wheel lock, so this really must have been a professional job.

“I just can’t believe the thieves have managed to get it off the drive without disturbing us. The first we knew was when Sandra got up around 7am.”

Mr Mackie added it might spell the end of rolling holidays for the pair, who have been on trips to France, Scotland and other parts of the UK in their trusty 26ft tourer.

“Even if we got it back I’d think twice about keeping a caravan,” he said.

“We had all the best alarms and locks and they’ve still managed to take it so I’m not sure it’d be worth the effort again.

“I’m fully insured but the value of that caravan being taking is far greater than just money. It’s our memories too.”

North Wales Police (NWP) are investigating but no arrests have yet been made.

A NWP spokesman said: “A mobile caravan was taken from an address on Bethania Road between the hours of 12.30am and 7am on November 30. Our investigations are ongoing.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting crime number RC13195791.”

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