Caistor-In-Bloom reeling from £10,000 vehicle theft

Have you seen this stolen Kubota

Have you seen this stolen Kubota

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Caistor in Bloom has suffered the loss of its £10,000 Kubota 4x4 diesel utility vehicle which was stolen on Tuesday night.

CIB chair Deborah Barker says the theft will hamper efforts to improve the town for summer as it comes at one of the busiest times of the year.

The Caistor Town Councillor appealed for extra volunteers as the theft means some tasks will now have to be done by hand.

The vehicle, which was only bought last year, was taken from The Buttermarket at 8.45pm.

“It was an opportunist theft. It was parked under the window of the pub in broad daylight. The thieves were that quick, they have obviously done this sort of thing before. There was no way we could catch them,” she said.

Caistor in Bloom has been trying to get a replacement vehicle, receiving a quote to get one from Brigg. But at £300 a week, this is “quite a lot of money for a voluntary organisation.”

The vehicle was insured, but the insurers have said they cannot do anything until mid-June.

However, the voluntary organisation is busy emptying baskets, a task made much harder without the vehicle.

“We have lost three days of work already. We are well behind with work,” she said.

“We are having to do some things by hand when we could have used the truck,” she said.

“It’s really taxing. We need more help than ever before.”

Deborah Barker asks volunteers to ring her on 01472-851883 or contact Caistor in Bloom via info@caistorinbloom.co.uk.

Lincolnshire Police asks anyone who has seen the vehicle to contact them on 101.