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Mum and girls at loss after car stolen

PUBLISHED: 21:37 08 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:59 03 March 2010

A SINGLE mother from Ipswich is today facing up to the reality of life without a car after thoughtless thieves stole her only means of transport.

Now, the 35-year-old mother of two, who wished not to be identified, faces a race against time to find the car or her insurance company will not pay anything out.

A SINGLE mother from Ipswich is today facing up to the reality of life without a car after thoughtless thieves stole her only means of transport.

Now, the 35-year-old mother of two, who wished not to be identified, faces a race against time to find the car or her insurance company will not pay anything out.

The woman, who works for Ipswich Borough Council said:

"The insurance company has said that if the car is recovered they will give me a courtesy car while it is fixed, but if no-one finds it, me and the girls will have to make do without a car."

Since the Ford Orion 1.6 Ghia, went missing on Friday evening she has been relying on friends to help out with lifts.

"I woke up on Saturday and just couldn't believe it. You always think that sort of thing happens to other people and I just can't believe someone would take it.

"I use the car for everything – I use it for the school run, for shopping and for work. I can't even get to the supermarket."

Upon discovering the car was missing, the woman said she spent two hours on Saturday morning looking around for it but couldn't find it anywhere.

The car's petrol tank was almost empty when it went missing so the woman is certain that the car has not travelled too far from her house in Belvedere Road.

Aside from dealing with a lack of transport, the woman has had to face up to telling her children that their car is missing.

She said that the girls, who are aged six and eleven, had not been told that the car had been stolen.

"The car has got the children's stuff in the back – they must have known it was a family car.

"What has upset me more than anything is that there was an audio cassette of when my daughter did Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at school. That sort of thing is not replaceable.

I hope that whoever took it has a greater need for it than I do".

n If anyone has seen the car, please contact Suffolk Police.

The car, a Ford Orion Ghia 1.6I went missing from Belvedere Road on Friday November 30 at 10.30am. The registration is F753 JAR and it is light blue/grey in colour. The car is 12 years old but is in good condition, although there is a small dent on the rear door on the driver's side.


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