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Appeal to find vintage Land Rover ‘of great sentimental value’

A picture has been released of a vintage Land Rover “of great sentimental value” stolen during a burglary in a bid to reunite it with its owner.

The Series 1 Land Rover from 1954 was stolen from Twentypence Road, Wilburton (45627047)
The Series 1 Land Rover from 1954 was stolen from Twentypence Road, Wilburton (45627047)

The Series 1 Land Rover from 1954, which was owned by the victim’s late father, was stolen from an outbuilding in Twentypence Road, Wilburton, between February 16 and March 14. It is estimated to be worth between £20,000 to £25,000.

A 2009 silver seven-seater Land Rover Defender was also stolen during the burglary, along with specialist tyres, a rare collection of rally driving plates, power tools and a large orange ride-on lawn mower.

Victim Katy Johnson described the theft as heartbreaking as the vehicles were a “big part of the legacy that dad left”.

She said: “Both vehicles are more than just a means of transport, having deep significance to my family and myself.

“Dad bought the ex-military series 1 Land Rover when he was a leader of the Oakington scout troop back in the early 1970s so he could use it as a towing vehicle and add parasailing to the many expeditions he ran for them.

“He was driving it the evening he first met my mother and gave her a lift home in it. It’s stayed in the family ever since, having several renovations over the years.

“Dad was also the senior coach at Cantabrigian Rowing Club and the Defender was bought to take rowing crews to compete in regattas all around the country, towing the trailer of boats behind.

“Dad was a mentor, always willing to coach and encourage anyone to achieve their very best, whether through adventures, their career or sport. All his life he dedicated so much of his spare time to others; running expeditions for the scouts, coaching rowing to anyone irrespective of their ability, developing facilities for clubs all around the country, and teaching people to ocean sail.

“It’s heartbreaking that these vehicles, which are such a big part of the legacy that dad left, have been taken.”

PC Simon Anker said: “The vehicles, and particularly the vintage Land Rover, are clearly of great sentimental value to the victim and she is understandably desperate to have them returned.

“We’re appealing to anyone who believes they may have seen any of the stolen property or who has information about the incident to get in touch as a matter of urgency.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact police via their web chat service or online forms quoting 35/14857/21. Anyone without internet access should call 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency.

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