Littlehampton window cleaner's van stolen from outside his home and torched

A Littlehampton window cleaner's van was stolen from outside his home and torched on Saturday night (October 2).

Wednesday, 6th October 2021, 6:33 pm
Updated Wednesday, 6th October 2021, 6:48 pm

John Young and his wife Chloe were watching a film on Saturday evening when he noticed his work van had gone missing from outside their home in Gladstone Terrace.

Mr Young called the police at 9.30pm and the van was found torched and abandoned a ‘five minute walk away’ from his home at 3.30am.

Mr Young lives in Littlehampton but his work is based in Selsey, which means he is unable to work until he replaces his van. He said: “That’s my livelihood up in flames.”

John Young from Littlehampton

The van also has sentimental value as it had previously belonged to a family friend who died.

However, it isn’t just the van itself that needs replacing. The vehicle was full of items including Mr Young’s work gear, a TV and his children’s car seats. He has been left with ‘just a bucket’.

The family are now dealing with the emotional impact of the incident, and worry that the people who torched the van could come back. “We’ve been waking up at three in the morning to check on our car.” Mrs Young said.

The Littlehampton window cleaner has worked with many of his customers for 20 years and has received an outpouring of support on Facebook, with many coming together to support him and raise money to replace the van and its contents.

The van was found torched at 3.30am on Sunday morning

One of Mr Young’s friends has set up a GoFundMe to raise the funds, which has now surpassed the target amount.

Despite his appreciation for the support he has received, Mr Young has been hesitant to withdraw the money. His wife said: “John is a bit of a proud man.”

If you would also like to support Mr Young, you can donate to his GoFundMe.