CALLOUS thieves have stolen the wheels from a South Tyneside charity store’s delivery van.
The driver of a the Sue Ryder van parked it in Orwell Close, Biddick Hall, on Sunday afternoon.
But on Monday morning, when he went to drive it to work, the front wheels were missing.
The theft came just days before the launch of new stock campaign, which starts today, by the charity shop, which is in Prince Edward Road at The Nook, South Shields.
Bosses from the charity - which provides care for people with life-changing illnesses - say it is costing them more than £1,000 to replace the wheels and hire a new van.
Ray Hall, Sue Ryder area manager said: “We are just preparing to launch our May campaign and the van is crucial for collecting stock.
“As a charity we rely on the generous donations from our supporters, so we can turn the items into incredible care for people with life-changing illness.
“If businesses have any garage or secure lock-up for the van they are willing to donate please contact the Sue Ryder shop in South Shields. Any help is really appreciated.”
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