Thieves in £35k East Lancs wedding dress raid

Bridal saleswoman Lisa Hudson

Thieves in £35k East Lancs wedding dress raid

Thieves in £35k East Lancs wedding dress raid

Thieves in £35k East Lancs wedding dress raid

Thieves in £35k East Lancs wedding dress raid

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THIEVES escaped with £35,000 of wedding dresses after raiding a van in East Lancashire.

Bridal saleswoman Lisa Hudson has urged shops across the area to be alert after 40 wedding dresses and 18 bridesmaid dresses were stolen from outside her home.

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Police have launched an investigation into the theft which they believe could have been planned.

Lisa said she woke up in the early hours yesterday and saw a white Vauxhall Vivaro van parked up.

And now the 45-year-old has issued an appeal to those in the trade in a bid to track down the samples from the yet-to-be-launched Romantica of Devon and Olivia Grace collections.

Lisa said: “It was around 4am and I saw a white van parked up. Obviously they had crept down the side of the driveway and broken into our van.

“I think we must have disturbed them when they were about three-quarters of the way through but by the time we got down.”

She was going to exhibit the gowns at a major bridal fair in Harrogate this week and is anxious to see the stock returned.

“I have contacted bridal outlets and put the word out on a number of forums - it is quite a close-knit industry and if someone is offered these dresses then they will be suspicious,” she added.

“It is highly unlikely that someone would be able to sell these dresses on because they are very distinctive. They are sample gowns, they are all size 10.”

The sales executive has informed Lancashire Police about their disappearance and officers have pledged to check out CCTV footage from the area, given the timing of the theft.

Lisa, of Lansdowne Close, Burnley, who has worked in the industry for 23 years, also believes that the dresses may have been stolen to order.

“The police think that the van may have been targeted because they have come prepared, with their own van, to transport the dresses,” said Lisa.

Each of the dresses came in branded Romantica of Devon garment bags or equivalent Olivia Grace covers, in silver.

Potential witnesses to the raid can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.

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6:27am Fri 29 Aug 14

the beaver says...

Maybe look out for a small slim gypsies wedding!
Maybe look out for a small slim gypsies wedding! the beaver
  • Score: 21

6:52am Fri 29 Aug 14

alf-abett says...

the beaver wrote:
Maybe look out for a small slim gypsies wedding!
Maybe get some common sense into her head, I for one have never heard of such a large amount of valuable goods being left in a van overnight on a driveway and without some form of security fitted, beggars belief!

I sincerely hope the lady gets the goods returned and the culprits brought to book but I doubt it.
[quote][p][bold]the beaver[/bold] wrote: Maybe look out for a small slim gypsies wedding![/p][/quote]Maybe get some common sense into her head, I for one have never heard of such a large amount of valuable goods being left in a van overnight on a driveway and without some form of security fitted, beggars belief! I sincerely hope the lady gets the goods returned and the culprits brought to book but I doubt it. alf-abett
  • Score: 26

7:29am Fri 29 Aug 14

mark anthony says...

I am no Sherlock homes, what do you think Dr Watson? Mmmmm well Mr Homes I dearly hope they are insured who in there right minds leave valuables worth 35k in a van overnight? And then to find its been broken into the mind boggles hope the lancashire police constbulary and insurance company get to the bottom.of this
I am no Sherlock homes, what do you think Dr Watson? Mmmmm well Mr Homes I dearly hope they are insured who in there right minds leave valuables worth 35k in a van overnight? And then to find its been broken into the mind boggles hope the lancashire police constbulary and insurance company get to the bottom.of this mark anthony
  • Score: 20

7:42am Fri 29 Aug 14

Lancs123 says...

Why would you leave anything of so much value in a vehicle over night?! Madness. .
Today folk would have your glass eye if they thought they could see out of it.
Why would you leave anything of so much value in a vehicle over night?! Madness. . Today folk would have your glass eye if they thought they could see out of it. Lancs123
  • Score: 24

10:21am Fri 29 Aug 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

It won't be an insurance job, you can guarantee that at least.

The reason being no insurance company would touch this, left in the van = no claim.
It won't be an insurance job, you can guarantee that at least. The reason being no insurance company would touch this, left in the van = no claim. HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: 10

11:00am Fri 29 Aug 14

yyy's1 says...

Idiot.
Idiot. yyy's1
  • Score: -1

11:33am Fri 29 Aug 14

POW WOW says...

Maybe it's Bailiffs claiming bankrupt stock back from a previous supplier. People with small businesses desperately advertise themselves these days to sundry and all as there is that much competition in today's cutthroat economy, so it is no surprise that social networking sites such as Facebook will know the inside out of someone's business, but then again the local law enforcement agencies would do well to make use of the social networking sites in order to catch the thieves.
Maybe it's Bailiffs claiming bankrupt stock back from a previous supplier. People with small businesses desperately advertise themselves these days to sundry and all as there is that much competition in today's cutthroat economy, so it is no surprise that social networking sites such as Facebook will know the inside out of someone's business, but then again the local law enforcement agencies would do well to make use of the social networking sites in order to catch the thieves. POW WOW
  • Score: 5

11:36am Fri 29 Aug 14

Lancslad01 says...

theyll be in europe by now.who buys 2nd hand wedding dresses?
theyll be in europe by now.who buys 2nd hand wedding dresses? Lancslad01
  • Score: 6

10:24pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Pendlesider says...

according to the local newspaper the estimated cost of the dresses is £50,000
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looks like the insurance claim has already gone in..
according to the local newspaper the estimated cost of the dresses is £50,000 . looks like the insurance claim has already gone in.. Pendlesider
  • Score: 3

10:30pm Sat 30 Aug 14

dcm23251981 says...

Such a crying shame you left your back doors open for David to enter i wasn't shocked when i read the news
Such a crying shame you left your back doors open for David to enter i wasn't shocked when i read the news dcm23251981
  • Score: 0

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