Plea for witnesses to vintage Land Rover theft at Holywell Hall

A 50-year-old Land Rover belonging to Cold Overton resident Roger Broadbent that was stolen from outside Holywell Hall on Setpember 25
A 50-year-old Land Rover belonging to Cold Overton resident Roger Broadbent that was stolen from outside Holywell Hall on Setpember 25

The owner of a vintage Land Rover has appealed for help in finding it after thieves stole the vehicle from the car park of a mansion.

Roger Broadbent, of Main Street, Cold Overton, drove his 50-year-old Series 2 Land Rover to an auction at Holywell Hall, near Careby, on September 25.

Mr Broadbent successfully won the sofa he was bidding for, but on returning to the car park, was shocked to find his treasured vehicle had disappeared.

He said: “I double-checked - I thought I was mad. I asked myself whether I’d come in the car and I retraced my steps until I concluded it had been stolen.

“It’s not like a normal car. It’s like an old friend. She’s a very slow vehicle and you have to treat her with huge care.

“I was so very angry because when I collected my son from school that day he burst into tears when we told him what had happened.”

Word quickly spread of the theft and John Featherstone, a friend of Roger’s mother Jane, who lives in nearby Clipsham, decided to check his own CCTV camera.

When he watched the footage back he saw Roger’s Land Rover being driven past his home.

The footage has since been passed on to police who are investigating the theft.

The Land Rover, which was bought on eBay, is worth about £5,000. But it holds far more sentimental value.

Roger hopes anyone who may have seen his vehicle on the day will come forward and call police on 101.

He said: “If it was a Fiesta I suppose I wouldn’t care so much. But it would be very difficult to replace and I would prefer to have it back.”