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Christmas presents stolen from children's hospital

Published on Dec 18, 2012 7:09 PM

LONDON (AFP) - Police appealed for help on Tuesday to find the thief who stole Christmas presents destined for sick children at London's world-famous Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The wrapped presents, which included portable DVD players, DVDs, Nintendo consoles, games and toys, were provided by the hospital's charity fund and were intended for children being treated in the intensive care unit.

Inspector Neal Anderson of Scotland Yard said the theft was "beyond belief".

However, within hours of the news being made public, the hospital announced that one of its long-term supporters had stepped in to buy new gifts.

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