A DOG daycare centre van worth more than £13,000 has been stolen.

Bosses at Shuttlewoof Hall in Burnley said they are 'devastated' after the company's white Ford transit van was taken outside one of the business owner's houses in Hapton between 6.30pm and 7.45pm on Tuesday.

The vehicle, which was worth £13,500 when the co-owners purchased it two years ago,contained six dog crates in the side and back of the van.

Although the incident has been reported to the police, dog handlers Neil Holden, 33, and Ryan Cartmell, 38, who have been running the business for three years, have launched a public appeal to trace the whereabouts of the transit van.

The 33-year-old said: "It's the most valuable thing we have and both of us need it for our livelihood and yet we have been told it's not a serious crime.

"It's very serious in our eyes and we can't continue to do our work properly without it. We have taken it as a massive inconvenience."

Police said they have launched an investigation into the incident.

A police spokesman added: "We have been notified that a van was stolen overnight on Tuesday. It's still under investigation and enquiries are ongoing."

If anyone has any information contact the police on 101 referencing log number LC-2018-0829-0271.