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‘I hope Barrow van thief wasn’t injured’

A PENSIONER who had his prized campervan stolen and crashed on Christmas Day says he hopes the person responsible escaped uninjured.

THEFT: The crashed campervan in Michaelson Road, Barrow, on Christmas Day. Inset, owner Joe Shannon and the van a few months before it was stolen Picture by Mail reader Paul Culley

Joe Shannon, 72, was visiting his son in Vulcan Road, Barrow, when the Toyota Hiace was stolen about 8pm.

A short time afterwards the male driver crashed the van into railings and turned it on its side in Michaelson Road.

He was helped from the van by people on the scene but ran off and was still being hunted by police yesterday.

Mr Shannon, of Harrogate Street, Barrow, said he had been to see the van where it was being kept in a compound in Ulverston.

The side of the van had been dented and there was damage to the front and the windscreen had also been broken and removed.

He was still waiting to speak to his insurance company, but feared it may be the end of the road for the van, which he paid £7,000 for about two years ago.

“To tell you the truth, I think it will be called as a write off,” he said.

“But I can’t really say until I have caught up with the insurers, they will determine what happens.”

Mr Shannon uses the van to take breaks in the Lake District and Lancashire.

However, he said he was more concerned for the person who crashed it than the state of the van.

“It went over on the driver’s side as well and I think he was very lucky. I am glad he wasn’t injured, I am just glad he is OK,” he said.

“Regardless of what he might have done, it’s just a van.

“I am not too concerned really, the way I look at it, it’s done and I don’t like to cry over spilled milk.”

Police said they were still investigating the theft of the campervan and would like to hear from people with information about what happened.

Anyone who can help is asked to contact Barrow police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Have your say

how lovely that Joes first thought is for the safety of the thieving little toerag who nicked his van...i hope u get it sorted by insurers joe it seems a shame that yr little weekend and holiday getaway has been ruined by yet someone else that has no respect for other peoples property...all kudos to u joe for being a lovely guy and i hope u have a happy new year xxx

Posted by cheshirecheesy on 30 December 2012 at 16:27

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