Hotel Chocolat offers five years' free chocolate as reward after ice cream van ...

Hotel Chocolat offers five years’ free chocolate as reward after luxury confectioner’s ice cream van was stolen from HQ Van was stolen from outside head office in Royston, Hertfordshire, on Tuesday  Angus Thirlwell, the chief executive, described the theft as 'like losing a limb'  Has now offered five years free chocolate and trip to 'inventing room' as reward Police investigating after CCTV caught brazen thieves making off with the van 

By James Wood For Mailonline

Published: 15:38 BST, 1 August 2019 | Updated: 15:38 BST, 1 August 2019

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A fully stocked 'Chocmobile' has been stolen from outside the offices of Hotel Chocolat - and anyone who helps find it will get free chocolate for five years.

The ice cream van, which also serves hot chocolate, brownies and coffee, was stolen from the company's secure car park at its head office in Royston, Hertfordshire, on Tuesday.

And police have now launched a search for the culprits, after they were caught on CCTV smashing a window to gain entry to the vehicle before stealing it.   

Angus Thirlwell, the chief executive and founder of the firm, has described the theft of the chocolate maker's van as 'like losing a limb'.    

The ice cream van, which also serves hot chocolate, brownies and coffee, was stolen from the company's secure car park at its head office in Royston, Hertfordshire, on Tuesday

The ice cream van, which also serves hot chocolate, brownies and coffee, was stolen from the company's secure car park at its head office in Royston, Hertfordshire, on Tuesday

Angus Thirlwell (pictured), the chief executive and founder of the firm, has described the theft of the chocolate maker's van as 'like losing a limb'

Angus Thirlwell (pictured), the chief executive and founder of the firm, has described the theft of the chocolate maker's van as 'like losing a limb'

Dozens have taken to social media to share an appeal to find the van (above and below), with many taking the opportunity to make puns about the theft

Dozens have taken to social media to share an appeal to find the van (above and below), with many taking the opportunity to make puns about the theft

He said: 'I hope they're resting somewhere in a lay-by, having overdosed on hot chocolate from the van and are sleeping it off.

'It was was all booked to go to the BBC Countryfile event and it literally disappeared overnight.

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