A man who helped to raise hundreds for charity 'broke down' after discovering his unique car had been stolen during a night away in Liverpool.
Alistair Welsby said last weekend he had taken part in a fitness challenge at Award Health and Fitness in St Helens, to raise funds for Breast Cancer charity - a cause close to his heart after he lost his mum to the disease.
Deciding to spend the night in Liverpool, Alistair and his partner, Jessie Worley, booked to stay at the Pullman Hotel for a night away.
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However, after parking their 2012 Land Rover Defender at the Liverpool Waterfront car park, thinking it would be safe, the next morning they discovered it had been stolen.
Alistair, who lives in Sheffield, said he was heartbroken and shocked when he found out.
He told the ECHO : "I'd parked on level two, close to the exit doors and facing the hotel. We had tickets to for the comedy club so we had the evening out and went back to the hotel.
"But the next day the car wasn't there. I checked all the floors thinking I parked it somewhere else but it was nowhere to be seen. We had to go back to the hotel and report it to police.
"It's a very unique car, a collectors' vehicle. You can't miss it and it can't be replaced. I was shocked, I just broke down. I wanted to cry, I've not slept since then.
"It's not what you expect when you go to a charity event. I travelled to St Helens from Sheffield for 8.30am until 4pm and helped to raise over Â£1,800.
"I put Â£500 of my own money to the charity and this is how people repay you, by taking something that isn't theirs, that you've worked hard for.
"It's my pride and joy. Someone has got to have seen it. I've only had the car for about a week, we got it for the winter and so we could take the dogs out in it."
The 48-year-old said since posting pictures on social media in the hopes of finding his car, witnesses claimed they saw it being driving around Parliament Street around 10.30pm on Saturday.
He added: "We had to get a taxi from the hotel to the train station and then two trains just to get back home.
"We thought it would be secure. My partner works for the NHS and we needed the car for the bad weather. It's like a slap in the face."
The charity event saw Â£1,800 raised to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Alistair said he took part after hearing about it from his personal trainer.
He said he now faces 'difficulties' without having a car that his family needs.
Merseyside Police confirmed that an investigation was 'ongoing'.
A spokesman added: "We can confirm that an investigation is ongoing following the theft of a vehicle from Liverpool City Centre over the weekend.
"At around 10.50am on Sunday 24 October, a report was received of a blue Land Rover Defender being stolen overnight from the multi-storey car park on Monarchâ€™s Quay, at some time between 6.30pm on Saturday and 10.30am on Sunday morning.
"Enquiries are ongoing.
"If you have any information, please contact @MerPoLCC or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 with reference 21000738844."
Liverpool City Council confirmed the incident was reported to them and will 'co-operate with police' in their investigation.
A spokesman added that this is the 'first incident' where a car has been stolen from this car park.
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