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Van stolen from Havering's Saint Francis Hospice returns to duties

PUBLISHED: 16:58 12 May 2016 | UPDATED: 16:59 12 May 2016

The van stolen from Saint Francis Hospice in January has returned to service

The van stolen from Saint Francis Hospice in January has returned to service

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A Saint Francis Hospice van, stolen in January, has been returned to service after the borough's residents came together to search for it.

The van, stolen from a driveway in the Avon Road area of Cranham, was recovered and a man was arrested and charged with the theft.

Michelle Nicholls, the hospice’s retail general manager, said: “We are very pleased to have it back and would like to say thank-you to everyone who helped us recover the vehicle and were so generous in offering their help to us when it was off the road.

“The tail lift was damaged and had to be repaired, and while it was off the road we also upgraded the security with new additional locks, a fuel cut off system and tracker.”

The 3.5 tonne Ford Transit Luton Van is used to collect donated items to be sold in Saint Francis Hospice shops across Havering, Brentwood, Barking and Dagenham and Redbridge.

It also used for the delivery of large and bulky items bought by customers shopping at the hospice’s Brentwood furniture store.

The vehicle had suffered some damage and all of the Saint Francis Hospice branding had been removed, so before it could be brought back into service it had to be repaired and restored.

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