Armley charity Slate appeals for help to trace stolen van


An Armley-based charity that supports people with learning disabilities suffered a blow after one of its vans was stolen for the second time in less than a year, writes Anna Riley.

The organisation, called Slate, runs furniture shops in Hunslet and Armley, which provide employment opportunities to people who would normally find it difficult to get a job.

The theft of their Ford Transit van took place over the May bank holiday weekend and the police have not been able to track down the vehicle. The charity received a replacement vehicle today from their insurance company.

Robert Dell, transport manager, said:

“It has resulted in the loss of a considerable amount of money for us, as we use the vans to pick up deliveries and drop off furniture to customers.

“With now only being down to one Mercedes van, we can only do half the work and therefore only gain half the money.

“It’s galling. If I could say anything to the thieves, I would tell them that they should be ashamed of themselves.”

Mr Dell is asking anyone who sees the stolen van with registration FE13 0VM to report it to the police on 101.






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