Wedding plan anguish as camper van stolen
A COUPLE have been left heartbroken after the beloved camper van they were planning to use on their wedding day was stolen.
Jamie Sharp and Krista Hoey have spent the past two-and-a-half years lovingly restoring and adding personal touches to Poppy, a 1972 maroon VW. Having returned from the Chris Evans car festival in Cheshire on Sunday night, Mr Sharp parked the van on Kensington Road, Redland, outside his garage.
As there had been a problem with the starter motor that weekend, he went out on Monday morning with the intention of having a look at it, only to find Poppy had gone.
"We went everywhere with her," said Mr Sharp, 37. "We had made Poppy just how we liked her, inside and out, and would go away any chance we had.
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"We're getting married next spring and we really wanted Poppy to be part of our big day.
"We were hoping to travel to the reception and then take her down to Cornwall for our honeymoon."
The couple fell in love with VW campers after hiring one for a holiday and decided to buy their own.
They have spent thousands of pounds on Poppy and enjoyed trips all over the UK with their West Highland terrier, Hattie.
Since the theft, Mr Sharp has knocked on numerous doors in the area, scoured online camper van forums and set up a Facebook page in a bid to get Poppy back.
He believes the theft would have taken more than one person, and probably a vehicle to tow the van away.
Mr Sharp added: "Even if the thieves had hot-wired the van they wouldn't have been able to start it, because the starter motor wasn't working. I can only assume they tied some rope around the bumper and towed her away.
"We're both feeling really bad and upset about what's happened.
"We would love to get Poppy back, not just because of the wedding she is part of the family. If she's been damaged or taken to pieces by whoever's done this, it will be such a shame.
"If there's anything anyone can do to help get her back – someone in Bristol knows what happened to her – we would be immensely grateful."
Poppy's registration is PRR 459L.