Children's christmas presents stolen from Great Ormond Street hospital

18 December 2012

New Scotland Yard

Police are appealing after Christmas presents destined for sick children were stolen from Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Police were notified yesterday afternoon (Monday, 18 December) by the hospital that the wrapped presents destined for children in the Intensive Care Unit were stolen from the hospital.

The items stolen include portable DVD players, DVD's, Nintendo DS consoles, games and toys.

The items were stolen between Friday 14 and Monday 17 December from a non-public area of the hospital

Officers from Camden borough are investigating. The items had been bought from the hospital's charity fund. The presents have since been replaced by the hospital.

Inspector Neal Anderson said: "To steal presents that were supposed to be for children too sick to be at home with their families at Christmas is beyond belief.

"I would urge anyone who has information about the individual, or persons responsible, to contact officers so that we can try and get the items back before Christmas day.

"I would also urge the thief to try and think about their actions and do the decent thing and return them."

Detective Inspector Pete Thackray, added: "I plead with those responsible for taking the presents to call Crimestoppers anonymously on and let us know where the gifts are so that police can collect them and return them to the hospital for the children in time for Christmas."

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and ask for the CID office at Holborn. If you wish to remain anonymous then please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111