UPDATED: Greenhithe family appeal for help after £25,000 of go-karting equipment stolen

Alex racing round the track.

Freddie in his little car.

Alex with a trophy.

A similar van to the one which was taken.

Alex's helmet which was taken.

Freddie with one of his medals.

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A Greenhithe family has been left devastated after callous thieves made off with their van containing £25,000 worth of go-karting equipment.

The silver Mercedes Sprinter van with registration number LX60 OXA was taken from outside the family home in Stonely Crescent in Ingress Park at 2.30am on Tuesday (June 17) and it is believed the van was taken through the Dartford Crossing into Essex.

Mother-of-three Rebecca Lloyd, 35, explained her two sons Alex, nine, and Freddie, four, have been left "devastated" by the thefts because "go-karting is their world".

Mrs Lloyd told News Shopper: "Breaking the news to the boys was just terrible.

"We go to go-karting races every weekend and it is just their world, they are devastated and really upset.

"Alex is just nine and races at British championship level and he has been picked out as one of the young drivers to watch out for this year as one of the up and coming stars.

"He is always on Motors TV and was picked as the one to watch this year.

"He races with drivers who are a little bit older than him and he has had to earn the respect of these older kids.

"Every piece of go-karting equipment we own was in the van. It cannot be sold on because everything has serial numbers on it and it's most probably just going to be dumped.

"We need all the help we get in catching who took the van because our boys are really upset."

The van contained two Project One go-karts, one bambino go-kart, four RPM engines, three suits which included gloves and crash helmets.

Mrs Lloyd added: "It is devastating for all of us.

"Nobody really understands unless you are part of the go-karting world but our weekends always consist of taking the boys to different events, it's a family thing which we all do.

"We just want it back for our sons.

"We have had our garage broken into twice so we thought it would be safer to store all the equipment in the van and then this happens. The van was right next to the house and we thought it would be secure."

A spokesman for Kent Police said: "Kent Police is investigating a theft of a motor vehicle in Greenhithe.

"It is reported that a silver Mercedes Sprinter van was stolen from Stonely Crescent just after 2am on Tuesday, June 17.

"The van contained two black go-karts that are fuelled by petrol and four Honda 160CC engines, a multi-coloured crash helmet, a black crash helmet and clothing."

DC Shaun Ravate, investigating officer, added: "We are carrying out a number of lines of enquiries after it was reported that a van containing go-karting equipment was stolen from Greenhithe.

"I would urge anyone who witnessed this incident or thinks they have seen the stolen vehicle to contact police.

"I would also ask anyone who is approached by someone selling go-karts and equipment and is suspicious about their actions to call the police."

Witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact DC Shaun Ravate at Kent Police by calling 01474 366081 and quoting crime reference XY/021509/14.

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2:28pm Wed 18 Jun 14

concerned.erith says...

A shame for the boys but why would you think something is safer in a vehicle that can be moved?
A shame for the boys but why would you think something is safer in a vehicle that can be moved? concerned.erith
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1:26pm Thu 19 Jun 14

kentlad says...

concerned.erith wrote:
A shame for the boys but why would you think something is safer in a vehicle that can be moved?
My thoughts exactly and it really shocks me to think that they spend all this money on their kids go karting equipment yet nothing on securing it with home security cameras or top of the range garage locks etc.... mmmm
[quote][p][bold]concerned.erith[/bold] wrote: A shame for the boys but why would you think something is safer in a vehicle that can be moved?[/p][/quote]My thoughts exactly and it really shocks me to think that they spend all this money on their kids go karting equipment yet nothing on securing it with home security cameras or top of the range garage locks etc.... mmmm kentlad
  • Score: 2

2:44pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Mrslloyd172 says...

kentlad wrote:
concerned.erith wrote:
A shame for the boys but why would you think something is safer in a vehicle that can be moved?
My thoughts exactly and it really shocks me to think that they spend all this money on their kids go karting equipment yet nothing on securing it with home security cameras or top of the range garage locks etc.... mmmm
Thank you for your helpful comments. The equipment was on the van, secured, parked outside our house with CCTV cameras (hence how we know the exact times). The items are normally stored in a secure lock up. Our garage is alarmed and dead bolted yet thieves still managed to break in. My son can read your comments so I'd appreciate it if you have a heart you'd remove it. The van was packed out ready to race, as I said, not normally kept on there. We are all heart broken, as I'm sure you have a heart, it's very difficult times, now you know the whole story you may reconsider your view. It's always best to know all the story, feel free to ask any more questions before you pass judgement.
[quote][p][bold]kentlad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]concerned.erith[/bold] wrote: A shame for the boys but why would you think something is safer in a vehicle that can be moved?[/p][/quote]My thoughts exactly and it really shocks me to think that they spend all this money on their kids go karting equipment yet nothing on securing it with home security cameras or top of the range garage locks etc.... mmmm[/p][/quote]Thank you for your helpful comments. The equipment was on the van, secured, parked outside our house with CCTV cameras (hence how we know the exact times). The items are normally stored in a secure lock up. Our garage is alarmed and dead bolted yet thieves still managed to break in. My son can read your comments so I'd appreciate it if you have a heart you'd remove it. The van was packed out ready to race, as I said, not normally kept on there. We are all heart broken, as I'm sure you have a heart, it's very difficult times, now you know the whole story you may reconsider your view. It's always best to know all the story, feel free to ask any more questions before you pass judgement. Mrslloyd172
  • Score: 2

5:25pm Thu 19 Jun 14

kentlad says...

Mrslloyd172 wrote:
kentlad wrote:
concerned.erith wrote:
A shame for the boys but why would you think something is safer in a vehicle that can be moved?
My thoughts exactly and it really shocks me to think that they spend all this money on their kids go karting equipment yet nothing on securing it with home security cameras or top of the range garage locks etc.... mmmm
Thank you for your helpful comments. The equipment was on the van, secured, parked outside our house with CCTV cameras (hence how we know the exact times). The items are normally stored in a secure lock up. Our garage is alarmed and dead bolted yet thieves still managed to break in. My son can read your comments so I'd appreciate it if you have a heart you'd remove it. The van was packed out ready to race, as I said, not normally kept on there. We are all heart broken, as I'm sure you have a heart, it's very difficult times, now you know the whole story you may reconsider your view. It's always best to know all the story, feel free to ask any more questions before you pass judgement.
Of course I have a heart and I feel for you all I really do. That's the problem with news you never hear the full story. I apologise if you took my comment a little harsh It wasn't supposed to come across that way.
I hope you catch the scum bags responsible and this doesn't in any way stop your son with his great career. My comment is not in any way offensive to you or your son so I don't understand why you feel it should be deleted???
[quote][p][bold]Mrslloyd172[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kentlad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]concerned.erith[/bold] wrote: A shame for the boys but why would you think something is safer in a vehicle that can be moved?[/p][/quote]My thoughts exactly and it really shocks me to think that they spend all this money on their kids go karting equipment yet nothing on securing it with home security cameras or top of the range garage locks etc.... mmmm[/p][/quote]Thank you for your helpful comments. The equipment was on the van, secured, parked outside our house with CCTV cameras (hence how we know the exact times). The items are normally stored in a secure lock up. Our garage is alarmed and dead bolted yet thieves still managed to break in. My son can read your comments so I'd appreciate it if you have a heart you'd remove it. The van was packed out ready to race, as I said, not normally kept on there. We are all heart broken, as I'm sure you have a heart, it's very difficult times, now you know the whole story you may reconsider your view. It's always best to know all the story, feel free to ask any more questions before you pass judgement.[/p][/quote]Of course I have a heart and I feel for you all I really do. That's the problem with news you never hear the full story. I apologise if you took my comment a little harsh It wasn't supposed to come across that way. I hope you catch the scum bags responsible and this doesn't in any way stop your son with his great career. My comment is not in any way offensive to you or your son so I don't understand why you feel it should be deleted??? kentlad
  • Score: 2

9:17am Fri 20 Jun 14

claireclc says...

Insurance?
Insurance? claireclc
  • Score: 3

4:13pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Mrslloyd172 says...

There's a very large reward if all karting equipment is found.
There's a very large reward if all karting equipment is found. Mrslloyd172
  • Score: 6

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