Police hunt for stolen van packed with catering kit to feed sick youngsters

LONDON - DECEMBER 27:  Police tape is pictured as police officers stand guard outside of a house in Edgeware on December 27, 2007 in London, England. A man is facing charges after a police officer was killed on duty after being called to a domestic row at the address in North London.  (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

The Metropolitan Police have issued an appeal for information following the theft of a van packed with catering equipment that was on its way to feed dozens of children suffering with cancer.

The Luton box van was stolen from Palmers Green just hours before it was due to be driven to a three-day charity event for youngsters with life-threatening illnesses.

Reports said the van was loaded with “expensive” catering equipment, including ovens, fridges and barbecues.

Martin Spencer, boss of catering provider Royale Cuisine, which owns the van, has also launched a public appeal for help in tracking down the stolen vehicle.

He told the Evening Standard: “Most of the equipment is only used for this event, which we do three times a year. Whoever has taken it has affected these kids who are very, very sick and just ruined their weekend.”

About 200 people were due to attend the charity event, which organisers have said is still going ahead despite the theft.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: “It is believed it was stolen sometime between 9pm on June 4 and 5.30am [on June 5]. Officers from Enfield investigate. No arrests, enquiries continue.”

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