Theft of gifts to sick children ‘beyond belief’

Christmas presents destined for sick youngsters at Great Ormond Street Hospital have been stolen by thieves in what has been described as a “disgusting” crime “beyond belief”.

Up to 20 wrapped gifts were taken from the world-famous children’s hospital in central London between Friday and Monday, the Metropolitan Police said.

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The presents, which had been bought using the hospital’s charity fund, included portable DVD players, DVDs, Nintendo DS games consoles, games and toys and were to be given to children in the intensive care unit.

Lord Sugar, Currys and PC World have offered to pay for new presents. The gifts were taken from a non-public area of the hospital, which has more than 200,000 patient visits each year.