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Food charity delivery van stolen in ‘shameful theft’


The white Ford Transit van is one of two main delivery vehicles for Edinburgh Community Food

A food charity’s delivery van has been stolen in Edinburgh.

The white Ford Transit van, one of two main delivery vehicles belonging to social enterprise Edinburgh Community Food, was taken sometime between 1.30pm on Monday and 6am on Tuesday, when it was parked on Tennant Street, Leith.

The van’s registration number is SH12 XVO and has a distinctive strawberry logo on the sides and rear, with the words ‘Edinburgh Community Food’ written on it.

Sergeant Elaine McArthur Kerr, of Leith police station, said: “Edinburgh Community Food relies on its vans to deliver to people and businesses in the city and this theft is a shameful act given that it obviously belongs to a charity.

“Edinburgh Community Food delivers fresh fruit and vegetables to people on low incomes and sells it to staff, patients and visitors in city hospitals. This theft has left them seriously inconvenienced and having to hire a replacement.

“Our enquiries are ongoing to trace the van and we are appealing to anyone who may have seen it since it went missing to get in touch.“If you can assist please contact us on 101, quoting incident 0689 of Tuesday 8 August, 2021, or make a call anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

A statement from Edinburgh Community Food said: "It's with sadness we must report that one of our vans has just been stolen from our Leith premises. Our vans are crucial for our vital food deliveries to communities across the city. If you have seen our van or have any information please either get in touch with us on 0131 467 7326 or with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."



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