13:11 Thursday 21 November 2013

Ely cabbie reunited with stolen yellow taxi

Written byJORDAN DAY

A cabbie has been reunited with his beloved yellow taxi - more than three months after it was stolen.

Graham Parr, 59, was devastated when his bright yellow Mercedes Vito 111 taxi was stolen from outside his home in Cambridge Road, Ely, in August.

Offenders also made off with two pairs of Mr Parr’s prescription glasses, two pairs of prescription sunglasses, a DVD player, a satellite navigation system, a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, taxi meter, CDs, DVDs and radio, which were all inside the vehicle at the time.

Earlier this month, Mr Parr, who has been a taxi driver for more than 30 years, received a phone call from a fellow cabbie to say that they had found the taxi at an address in Beck Row, Suffolk.

The taxi driver spotted it in a driveway while dropping off a passenger in the same street earlier this month.

Police were called, the vehicle was taken away and after forensic investigations were completed, Mr Parr was reunited with it.

He was also reunited with everything that was inside it, apart from the DVD player and the sat-nav, which have still not been recovered.

Mr Parr said: “I still can’t quite believe I’ve got it back.

“I’m over the moon - I really missed it. I bought the vehicle nine years ago and my private number plate, GP54 ELY, was bought for me as a present from my wife, so I was devastated when it was stolen.

“I still don’t really know how it ended up being in Beck Row. I never thought I’d get it back. I thought that even if it was found it’d be burnt out.

“Not only have I got my taxi back but I’ve also got all my pairs of glasses back which is certainly a bonus!”

A police spokeswoman said an investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with any information should call police on 101.

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