Shoebox van stolen from warehouse

Operation Christmas Child area co-ordinator Anne Wardlaw (centre) with volunteers still busy packing boxes despite the theft of their van from their temporary home on White Lund.
Operation Christmas Child area co-ordinator Anne Wardlaw (centre) with volunteers still busy packing boxes despite the theft of their van from their temporary home on White Lund.

Shoebox appeal workers are devastated after thieves broke into a warehouse and stole their delivery van.

Police have appealed for witnesses after the theft at the Operation Christmas Child base on White Lund.

The van was used to collect donated shoeboxes full of gifts, clothes and toys for needy families and children in Eastern Europe.

“It’s upsetting,” said Anne Wardlaw, Operation Christmas Child area co-ordinator.

“We have around 40 volunteers here and we had to go out in cars and collect the boxes on Friday (November 29).

“People have given their time for six or seven weeks and this makes you feel terrible.”

Lancashire Police believe thieves forced their way in through a locked back door and stole the long wheelbase Ford Transit van.

They say it happened at some time during the night of November 28 and 29.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact officers.

People who saw any suspicious activity on the White Lund estate between 3.30pm on Thursday (November 28) and 8.45am on Friday (November 29) is urged to call Lancashire Police on 101 or the freephone Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555111.