Northamptonshire Police issued us with the following report this morning, May 21:
“A vehicle was stolen from a garage in Church Avenue, King’s Sutton overnight on Monday 14 May.” So six days after the event and no details of what sort of vehicle we’re talking about (car, van, helicopter... Who knows?). Nothing either about the make, model, colour or registration number... And yet, strangely, the police imagine that someone out there may be able to provide them with information. If by some miracle you can help, please call Northamptonshire Police on 101 or alternatively, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Thames Valley Police are a bit quicker off the mark with this rather more detailed alert:
“Please be aware of a white Ford Transit van, part index number T416 **Y, acting suspiciously in Bodicote Village around lunchtime on Friday May 18. If you see a vehicle matching this description in your village, please telephone police on 101 and report date, time, location of van, description of occupants and direction of travel.”