Join Date: May 2005
Location: South Cave East Yorks & Fethiye Turkey
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A well-known freelance travel writer is appealing to the public for help after her beloved camper van, known as 'Rika', was stolen from The Close in Salisbury, some time between Friday night and Saturday morning of October 29/30. It is described as a white Island Plastics Honda Romahome, registration number E898 GDL, with 'Rika' on the top back of the van.
Mary Tisdall, a widow aged 82, spends more than six months each year travelling in her motorhome researching for travel articles, which are particularly aimed at encouraging older people to get out and about, both here and abroad. The camper van has accompanied Mary to Turkey, the Canary Islands, Europe and the British Isles and last year the two travelled to Southern Denmark. This year they went up to Cape Wrath in Scotland and also spent some time in campsites between the source of the river Thames in the Cotswolds and the Thames Barrier, while researching an article about the famous river.
Mary is offering a reward of a week's free accommodation for two people in her apartment in Los Cristianos, Tenerife, in return for information leading to the recovery of her beloved Rika Romahome and the arrest and conviction of the offender. She said:
'I have lived in The Close by the Cathedral for more than 20 years and to my knowledge, this is the first theft of a vehicle here in all this time. I fail to understand why a 16 year-old camper van was targeted in the first place.This particular motor home, known as Rika, has immense sentimental value to me and also to a lot of members of the public who have followed her travels both home and abroad. I would so much appreciate anyone who may know who has stolen her to please contact Salisbury Police on 01722 411444'.
Information can also be left anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
For those who read the MMM Mary's travel story's are well known. I've know Mary for a number of years and we last saw her in Tenerife in 2000.
Some of the older generation might remember her husband Archie who died few years ago while on a trip to Norway.