Janice and Fred Wright’s camper van was stolen from their front yard.
Janice and Fred Wright’s camper van was stolen from their front yard. Claudia Baxter

Thieves steal patient's freedom

BRASSALL man Fred Wright’s fight against cancer has been made even harder after thieves took off with his ticket to freedom.

The 69-year-old, who is dying from cancer in his throat, liver and lungs, is devastated by the theft of his camper trailer – which was thought to have occurred sometime last Saturday night.

Mr Wright would go on regular trips with wife Janice and their grandchildren, which he said provided a great relief from the stress of his intermittent chemotherapy treatment.

“My neighbours said they heard a strange noise between 12.30am and 12.45am Saturday night,” Mr Wright said.

“I guess it was the sound of the trailer going over the gutter as they pulled it away.”

Another neighbour told Mr Wright he heard the sound of a V8 engine driving away that night.

Mr Wright believes the thieves parked their car up the road from his house on Gardiner Street, pulling his 750kg Cub Drifter up a small, uphill section before hooking it onto the back of a Commodore or Falcon.

“I reckon it was someone who knew the place fairly well because they had to steer the trailer around a big tree stump to get out,” he said.

The cancer sufferer had undergone a course of chemotherapy just before the theft and said he would have been “dead to the world” when it occurred.

The theft has been reported to police, but Mr Wright wasn’t overly hopeful of seeing his camper again.

“I reckon I’ve probably got 12 months to live – if that,” Mr Wright said. “The camper was my escape – going for trips away took my mind off everything.”

Mr Wright had been planning a trip up to Cairns when the trailer was snatched.

The trailer was a 1985 model – cream-coloured with a blue soft top – capable of sleeping six people.

At the time it was stolen it was bearing the registration plates BQ9679.

Anyone with information that could assist police should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800  333  000.



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