Thieves tow Sheffield food van away

Student institution John's Van has been stolen
Student institution John's Van has been stolen
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Sheffield food institution John’s Van – a catering truck popular with hungry students and workers for years – has been stolen today.

The mobile unit was taken from Hounsfield Road in the city centre at 6.30am with CCTV images showing a transit van towing it away.

An appeal from owner Jeremy Woolley on Twitter sparked a social media campaign to find the trailer using the hashtag #findjohnsvan.

Jeremy said: “I parked the van up at about 6.25am, went to get some milk and when I came back 15 minutes later it was gone.

“The police have got CCTV of a Transit van towing it away at 6.30am. It was a massive shock.”

The trailer is stainless steel, about 10ft long and has the words John’s Van in black letters written on it. It also has a registration plate number JEZ5972 on it.

Police have conducted searches and circulated a description of the van.

A spokesman added: “CCTV footage showed a white transit van reversing up the road then reappearing towing the sandwich trailer at around 6.30am.”

Call police on 101 quoting incident number 122 of September 11.

See The Star tomorrow for more on this story.