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Police are appealing for help in tracking down a classic car with great sentimental value after it was stolen from a car park in Southampton.
The Ford Capri 280 known to enthusiasts as a ‘Brooklands’ was bought for 41-year-old Alison Gilbert by her late husband who gave it to her a present six months before he died.
Alison met her husband Tony met under a Capri bonnet in 1995, they were married 3 years later on February 20, 1999, with a procession of 56 Capris through Southampton city centre which was covered by local media extensively at the time. The couple used to run the Capri club.
Sadly Tony lost his life in 2009 and having given Alison the green Capri just a few months earlier it holds immense sentimental value to her and her children.
Capri parts are now expensive as the car is rare and it’s possible the car may have been stolen for its parts.
It was taken from the car park off Woodmill lane by the Pitch and Putt at Riverside Park between 5.30 and 6.30pm on Thursday, January 27.
The vehicle had been left locked and there was no sign of broken glass where the car was parked and it had an immobiliser and alarm.
Officers think it possible a low loader truck may have been used to move the vehicle.
The vehicle is described as: Dark green but could be mistaken for dark blue.. It has the word Capri written in small red letter on the tailgate nearside. It has a red and white racing stripe on both sides.
The registration number is: Reg of car E471 BFG and the chassis number WFOCXXGAECGG11191 (which can be found under the carpet driver or passenger’s footwell as well as the chassis itself.
Anyone who witnessed the car being taken or who or thinks the know where the car is or may have any other information about the crime is asked to contact PC Russ Scorey or PCSO Sue Evans at Bitterne Police Station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.