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'Extremely upset' Gidea Park scouts group appeals for help after van is stolen

PUBLISHED: 17:30 15 November 2017

The 3rd Squirrels Heath Sea Scouts' van was stolen after the Romford Remembrance Day Service. Picture: Neville Lamkin

The 3rd Squirrels Heath Sea Scouts' van was stolen after the Romford Remembrance Day Service. Picture: Neville Lamkin

Neville Lamkin

Scouts have been left confused and saddened, after the club's van was stolen following a Remembrance Day service.

The 3rd Squirrels Heath Sea Scouts, based at the Gidea Park Methodist Church, Brentwood Road, Gidea Park, travelled to the Romford Remembrance service on Sunday to pay their respects to soldiers past and present.

Scout leader Neville Lamkin left the van in Lytton Road, Gidea Park, over night for him to pick up the next morning, as parents took their children straight home after the service.

But when Neville returned the following morning, the van was gone.

He said: “It is a big blow to us, it’s a fundamental part of our group, because having the van means we can get to all sorts of events and take the children on days out.

“The children are extremely upset, our older van was much loved but we needed a new one that was in a better condition so it’s a real shame this has happened.”

The club could not afford to buy another van, so borrowed money from a scouts group in Havering three months ago, and had its first outing to the Longridge Activity Centre in Marlow for a canoeing trip.

A minibus from a club in Chadwell Heath has been borrowed for the time being but at the club’s expense.

Neville is hoping residents will be able to help track down the van.

He said: “We hadn’t put our stamp on the van yet, showing that it belonged to the scouts so whoever’s taking it might have thought it was just any old van.

“It’s important for us to carry on as best we can, so we are using a mini van from another group at the moment but it is going to cost us.

“People have been really kind helping us to get the message out there.

“You know it will be sorted, whatever happens when you see the support our group is getting.”

The white transit van’s registration is YR60 AGV.

If you have anymore information, call Neville on 07836 563322.

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