Kebab van stolen from layby near Potterne just after business opened

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Murat Andak has searched the road looking for clues for the stolen van Murat Andak has searched the road looking for clues for the stolen van

A Trowbridge man is facing the loss of his livelihood after his snack van was stolen just three days after he started trading.

Murat Andak, 25, set up his van on the A361 near Potterne on Monday, November 12, but was distraught to discover it had been taken when he arrived for work on the following Thursday morning.

The van, worth more than £3,000 was missing from the layby it had been left in, along with £2,000 worth of stock. The white trailer has three distinctive ventilation chimneys on top, and a Best Kebabs sign on the front.

Mr Andak moved to Trowbridge from Milton Keynes last year with his wife, and set up the business serving kebabs and burgers after struggling to find work as a decorator.

He said: “All my hopes were in that business, but now I don’t know what I am going to do. This might ruin our lives.”

He came to England from Turkey in 2007, to study in Reading, and needs to work to keep his visa and support his wife, who is an arts and design student at Trowbridge College. The couple were married in Turkey six months ago.

As well as the van and all the cooking equipment inside, two bottled gas canisters were also taken.

There are no CCTV cameras on the road from which it was taken and, as yet, the police have no leads as to its whereabouts.

Mr Andak said: “My wife and I searched the road looking for any sign of it, but the police should be doing that not me. I am sure someone will have seen something, and someone out there can help us.”

Anyone with information can call Wiltshire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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6:44pm Sun 25 Nov 12

Laptop_Larry says...

A361 near Potterne ?????
A361 near Potterne ????? Laptop_Larry
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7:45pm Sun 25 Nov 12

blackstone says...

The satnav is playing up ,Larry
The satnav is playing up ,Larry blackstone
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10:50pm Sun 25 Nov 12

beetawix says...

maybe its still there.
maybe its still there. beetawix
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10:57pm Sun 25 Nov 12

old bag says...

I agree with the owner of the van, the police should make this a number one priority and have every resource thrown at it, especially as there is no drug dealing, muggings or any other crime going on anywhere in the county
I agree with the owner of the van, the police should make this a number one priority and have every resource thrown at it, especially as there is no drug dealing, muggings or any other crime going on anywhere in the county old bag
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11:47am Mon 26 Nov 12

shed says...

I bet he could sell more kebabs back in Turkey, then he could get his wife to pull a kebab cart .
I bet he could sell more kebabs back in Turkey, then he could get his wife to pull a kebab cart . shed
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12:04pm Mon 26 Nov 12

frosch says...

I hope he was insured
I hope he was insured frosch
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1:44pm Mon 26 Nov 12

ckyad says...

Might be worth checking Bradford-On-Avon train station car park - I saw a white 'Best Kebabs' van parked up there this morning. Feel free to pass this onto whoever it concerns as the police have no leads..
Might be worth checking Bradford-On-Avon train station car park - I saw a white 'Best Kebabs' van parked up there this morning. Feel free to pass this onto whoever it concerns as the police have no leads.. ckyad
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4:35pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Mon Cheri says...

Do feel sorry for him, but really, leaving something in a lay-by expecting it to be there three days later?
Do feel sorry for him, but really, leaving something in a lay-by expecting it to be there three days later? Mon Cheri
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10:17am Tue 27 Nov 12

shed says...

Mon Cheri wrote:
Do feel sorry for him, but really, leaving something in a lay-by expecting it to be there three days later?
It would appear folk in Turkey are more honest than here in UK these days if he thought his property would be safe?

Maybe sharia law has a point?
[quote][p][bold]Mon Cheri[/bold] wrote: Do feel sorry for him, but really, leaving something in a lay-by expecting it to be there three days later?[/p][/quote]It would appear folk in Turkey are more honest than here in UK these days if he thought his property would be safe? Maybe sharia law has a point? shed
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11:43am Tue 27 Nov 12

The.Central.Scrutinizer says...

shed said
It would appear folk in Turkey are more honest than here in UK these days if he thought his property would be safe?.


I see no evidence of that.

shed said
Maybe sharia law has a point?

whatever its point it is not practised in Turkey (officially)
shed said It would appear folk in Turkey are more honest than here in UK these days if he thought his property would be safe?. I see no evidence of that. shed said Maybe sharia law has a point? whatever its point it is not practised in Turkey (officially) The.Central.Scrutinizer
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