Family who had car stolen told to pay for recovery charge by Northamptonshire Police

A family who had their Vauxhall corsa, hundreds of pounds worth of power-tools and electrical items stolen overnight from their home have been told to pay for storage and recovery fees.

Thursday, 18th May 2017, 2:48 pm
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 10:14 pm
The stolen car has since been recovered.

In the early hours of May 15 - while Jenny Bradley and husband ... of Lings were in bed - the pair had their house broken into.

Offender(s) stole hundreds of pounds worth of power tools from fitter ... van, a laptop and iPad as well as keys to their property and two of their vehicles.

In a letter sent to them by Northamptonshire Police dated May 16, 2017 the force said: "There will be a recovery and storage charge for the vehicle in line with the statutory fees.

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Jenny Bradley said: "We were in bed, we woke up at 4.20am - we saw some of his stuff all over the place - all of the receipts from his job were on the floor."

"We have had more help from members of the public rather than then police.

"The car was found abandoned, luckily it didn't have much petrol in it.

"I think they took it for a bit of a razz round, they damaged one of the wheels.

Offenders stole tools worth hundreds of pounds, which include micro saws, hand saws and an impact driver.

Now the family are having to pay an excess of £350 to get the locks changed on the corsa as the offenders still have the keys to the car, as well as the house and van.

"It's not just them stealing, it is the inconvenience they can always come back," she adds.

Jenny's daughter, Paige, posted pictures of the car on a Facebook forum, which was later identified by friends in the neighbourhood.

Shortly after, officers impounded the vehicle and took it away for forensic tests.

Paige said: "This is beyond a joke and my family are furious.

"They are the ones who have been made victims yet they are the ones who are being victimised by police."

A spokesperson for Northamptonshire Police said: