Ricky Tomlinson's £13,000 Caravan Stolen: 'The Royle Family Star' Is Gutted

Ricky Tomlinson's £13,000 caravan has been stolen, according to reports.

The Royle Family star told the Daily Mirror that he used the 27ft-long holiday home while filming "woodpeckers, squirrels and buzzards" for an independent documentary.

"I can't believe it's happened," he said. "It must have been a well-organised gang as it was 2ft off the floor and resting on railway sleepers and breeze blocks because it was parked on a flood plain.

"The caravan was also down a lane over a mile long within a gated meadow.

"They lifted the gate off its hinges and must have had a decent-sized vehicle to take it away."

Ricky - best known for his role as layabout Jim Royle - added that he had only had the vehicle for a few years and it was in "sparkling condition".

The actor, a keen caravanner, said: "Some people expect me to have a villa, but frankly it's not my style."

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