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Great Ormond Street Christmas Gifts Stolen
Christmas presents destined for sick children at the intensive care unit of Great Ormond Street hospital have been stolen.
Police were called to the hospital in London on Monday after a report that up to 20 wrapped gifts were taken.
The presents, which had been bought from the hospital's charity fund, included portable DVD players, DVDs, Nintendo DS games consoles, games and toys.
They were stolen between Friday and Monday, and were taken from a non-public area of the hospital, the Metropolitan Police said.
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."
Officers from Camden borough are investigating the theft.
The hospital said it had been "overwhelmed by generous offers" since the theft and the presents had now been replaced by a "long term supporter".
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 and ask for the CID office at Holborn, or the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
The hospital, which has more than 200,000 patient visits each year, was set up in 1852 and celebrated its 160th anniversary this year.