Initially I wasn’t going to put this post on here and I thought long and hard before I did but then thought ”what the hell, I’ll put it on anyway”. The last week has been one of the most awful weeks of my life and one I hope no-one reading this ever has to go through. Why? Because last Wednesday night, soon after 10pm, my van was stolen from right outside my house and I actually saw it being driven away but could do nothing to stop it. It had been locked and the key was in my pocket so whoever stole it had obviously broken into it.
I reported it to the police straight away but from their initial response, ie they ‘won’t actively be looking for it’, I’m not very hopeful that I’ll get it back. It’s not only the van that’s been stolen though – it was packed up with all my camping gear ready for my holiday in North Wales in early September, plus I had various personal items in there which were of great sentimental value to me though worthless to anyone else. Some of these were rosettes which my previous little dog Sugar had won at various shows – sadly she died of kidney failure the week before Christmas 2014 so those rosettes were very precious to me and can never be replaced.
Needless to say, my forthcoming holiday plans have been cancelled, as have any plans of going out somewhere over the bank holiday weekend or in the foreseeable future, and getting to work is now proving difficult in some cases as two of the places aren’t on direct bus routes so it means I have a fair amount of walking to do. At the moment I just feel that not only has the van been stolen but half my life has gone too – yes, all my camping gear can be replaced, albeit slowly and at great expense (the van not so easy) but nothing will erase the gut-wrenching, stomach-churning feeling of having everything ripped out from under me and actually seeing it disappearing.
I wish I could feel angry at the low-life(s) who did this but strangely I don’t as other emotions are keeping any anger at bay. I feel I was targeted – out of all the cars parked in the street why mine? – but more than that I feel shocked, sad and upset to the point of frequently bursting into tears, and just so incredibly numb. I’m back at work this week after taking two days off last week but I’m not really working, I’m just going through the motions ; my world has been turned upside down and I feel like I’m just existing, not living.
New van (Granvia) - Oct. 08 003 - Copy
My gut feeling is that the van is still somewhere in my local area but just in case it’s gone further afield I would really appreciate anyone in the UK reading this to keep an eye out for it and contact the police if it’s seen – with the eagle on the front and the patterns along each side it’s very distinctive and not easy to miss. My lovely blogging friend Jayne has also posted it on her own blog and asked her readers to share so who knows, the power of the internet might  just bring a result.

11 thoughts on “Grounded!

  1. Oh Eunice! I’m so very sorry to read this and, knowing just how much it meant to you, it’s understandable you are so upset.
    I really hope that by some chance it can be recovered for you.
    Sending hugs. X


  2. So sorry this has happened to you Eunice. I’m angry at the thieves who took your van, how dare they take what you have worked so hard for and rely so much on. Hopefully the power of social media will give you a lead, I know your story will be shared online. Sending love to you xx


  3. I’m not going to “like” this post as this is an awful thing to happen. I’ve been through similar things in the past so know what you’re experiencing. Initially it’s the shock (like you’re feeling) then anger and the sense of violation.
    The van will probably turn eventually, somewhere, and you may recover some personal stuff they can’t sell. Fingers crossed. Hopefully insurance will allow you to replace the van and maybe some of the other stuff
    It’s an awful thing to go through and it’s sad that there are people around who will steal from ordinary people like youself. Sadly we live in a world that encourages greed.
    Best wishes to you at a difficult time. You’ll pull through


  4. I read it on Jayne’s blog – awful news, so sorry. I have shared it on facebook – hope it helps x


  5. I’m so sorry, what a horrible thing to happen. I do hope you get some good news about the van soon and that you do manage to get it back. Sending hugs xx


  6. Unbelievable and so sorry. Hopefully your insurance company , car and household will help towards costs, but that doesn’t help the feelings of being violated. I think someone had seen al the things you had and reckons on selling them on.


  7. That’s a real bummer. The tangible ‘things’ can be replaced – ultimately, probably through insurance (though you’ll still have your excess, of course) – but you can’t replace the sentimental value items. I can empathise with the feeling of emotion when things like this come along and knock you for six.


  8. Oh no Eunice, I’m so sorry. What an awful thing to happen. This happened to one of my friends and their car was found abandoned a few days later. Fingers crossed for you. xx


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