Published: 23/02/2013 13:00 - Updated: 22/02/2013 15:54

Childminder stunned by petrol theft

Written byBy Joe Millican

A MORAY childminder is furious after thieves vandalised her car and drained its fuel, leaving her without adequate transport for the youngsters in her care.

Moray childminder Tracy Ritchie has been left without the large vehicle she needs for her business after thieves targeted her seven-seater car last weekend, vandalising the tank and stealing the fuel.
Moray childminder Tracy Ritchie has been left without the large vehicle she needs for her business after thieves targeted her seven-seater car last weekend, vandalising the tank and stealing the fuel.

Angry Tracy Ritchie is now counting the costs after criminals targeted her seven-seat vehicle last weekend, drilling four holes into the petrol tank and siphoning the petrol.

Mrs Ritchie has been told it will take at least two weeks for her Vauxhall Zafira to be fixed, and having received a small Nissan Micra as a replacement, the 37-year-old is unable to transport the six children she looks after.

Mrs Ritchie, of Pinefield Crescent, said she has had to pay a £200 excess on her insurance for the car repairs, and has also lost around £70 worth of fuel.

But she said that that is just a part of the problem.

“I cannot get six children in a Nissan Micra. Whoever has done this has not only cost me the excess, it’s costing me in the long term as well, because I am having to let a lot of parents down because I can’t fit all the kids in the car,” she told ‘The Northern Scot’.

Full Story in Northern Scot print version.
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