A VAN belonging to St Leonard's Hospice in York has been stolen from their car park.

The Ford Transit was taken from their Tadcaster Road site last night.

The charity rely on the vehicle for their retail operation, to collect donated items, as well as to deliver purchased items to customers.

The theft has been reported to the police, and the hospice are urging anyone with any information to get in touch with officers.

A St Leonard's Hospice spokesperson said:

“We’re shocked and saddened to report that one of our vans was stolen from the Hospice car park on Tadcaster Road last night. This has been reported and is in the hands of the police.

"The van is a Ford Transit, registration number YE62 OOC (pictured). If you saw anything suspicious or have any information at all, please call 101 and quote the incident number: NYP11062019-0087.

"Please be assured that all of our staff carry photo ID so we recommend that people always check this with them when having donated goods collected. Our vans are vital to our retail operation and we rely on them daily to collect donated items to be sold in our shops, as well as to deliver purchased items to customers. Please bear with us as there will be delays while we are one van down.”