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Stolen Birmingham food bank van found after appeal

Birmingham Central Foodbank Van Image copyright Birmingham Central Foodbank
Image caption The van was taken from Birmingham city centre on Friday night

A van stolen from a food bank has been found after a social media campaign was launched appealing for its return.

The vehicle, owned by the Central Birmingham Food Bank, was taken late on Friday.

A member of the public spotted the van abandoned in Washwood Heath, Birmingham, after thousands of people shared the charity's plea to locate it.

Manager Patricia White said the food bank team was "ecstatic" it had been found.

'Happy ending'

She said the van had been stripped of logos and its number plate, but police had told her it appeared to have escaped any major damage.

"You don't often get happy endings," she said.

"We're so grateful to everyone for their support in terms of their sharing and retweeting the appeal."

Ms White said the van would remain with police for several days while forensic tests are carried out.

The food bank, which operates in the Ladywood, Soho, Hockley, Newtown and Lozells wards, uses the van to take food to people unable to get to the centre.

West Midlands Police confirmed the van was located on Phillimore Road at about 11.35 GMT after an anonymous tip-off.

A spokeswoman confirmed the van had been taken away for forensic examination.

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