York hospice van thefts to feature on BBC Crimewatch

Michelle Ackerley and Rav Wilding present Crimewatch Roadshow Live. Photograph: BBC
12 Sep 2019 @ 7.31 am
| Crime, News

Two of the most shocking thefts in York this year are to feature in BBC’s Crimewatch show.

Thieves targeted St Leonard’s Hospice on Tadcaster Road twice – stealing two of the charity’s vans from its Tadcaster Road car park.


They were taken within three weeks of each other.

North Yorkshire Police will appeal for more information about the crimes on Crimewatch Roadshow Live this morning (Thursday), after a hospice in York was targeted twice by thieves who stole two of the charity’s vans.

Double blow

A box van and a Transit van were stolen from St Leonard’s Hospice car park
Thieves initially targeted the hospice on Monday 10 June at around 11.45pm.

They drilled the lock of a Ford Transit van used by the charity to pick up donated goods and deliver them to its fundraising shop.

They were caught on security cameras as they hotwired the van and drove it away.


Just over three weeks later, staff at the hospice were horrified to realise they’d been targeted a second time. On this occasion thieves had made off with a larger box van.

On the programme, live at 9.15am, detectives will appeal for any information about the thefts.

No one has yet been charged with the thefts.