Police in Westminster are appealing for witnesses and information after toys donated for sick children this Christmas were stolen from St Mary's Hospital.
Around £3,000 of gifts given by members of the public were being stored at St Mary's, in Praed Street W2.
Sometime between Monday, 3 October and Thursday, 17 November the store room was broken into and the presents taken. The theft was reported to police on Tuesday, 22 November.
The gifts were due to be handed out at a party to youngsters who will spend this Christmas in hospital.
Detective Sergeant Tom Hirst, from Westminster CID, said:
“This is an awful crime at this time of year and heard to imagine what kind of person would steal gifts so clearly destined for sick children to make their lives a little brighter this festive season.
"We are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with information to please contact us as soon as possible."
Anyone who can help is asked to call police in Westminster via 101. To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.