Police use Twitter to track down stolen van that’s a little boy’s ‘lifeline’

Surrey Police have thanked the public for their help in locating a public transport van which was stolen from an address in the Epsom area over the weekend.

In a social media plea for help, police said the bespoke Ford van was a ‘lifesaver’ for Harvey and shared photos of the little boy who uses a wheelchair, as well as the missing vehicle .

In a series of tweets posted on Sunday, Surrey Police said: ‘We need your help URGENTLY. Please RT and/or copy the link and forward to your friends, especially in the Epsom area. Two vehicles were stolen from an address, one is a vehicle specially adapted for Harvey.

“The Transit is a lifeline for Harvey, so we are desperate to get it back for him and his family.”

Over the next few hours, the photo of the missing transit was retweeted more than a thousand times, and then just before 7 p.m. Sunday, police took stock.

“We are very pleased to confirm that the adapted van has been found,” Surrey Police said.

A later post featured video of Harvey reunited with the van with a “thank you” sign to everyone who helped.

The video showed Harvey pressing the button on a recording device which read: ‘Thank you to everyone who saw the message about the mean men who took our car and thank you all for keeping an eye on my van A lovely lovely lady found my van this afternoon so I picked it up We are so grateful to everyone for all your kind messages Thank you, lots of love.

The accompanying message from police said: “A big thank you to everyone who RT’d the call earlier. The adapted van has been located and returned to Harvey. We are still looking for the Audi, any help is extremely appreciated.

The public is still urged to help police locate the Audi Q5 which was also stolen. It bears the license plate: JGZ 6847.

In case of detection, people are invited to contact 101.

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