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Reward for return of stolen Great Ormond Street gifts

Great Ormond Street Hospital
Image caption Up to 20 presents were stolen from a private area of the hospital

A reward has been offered to trace thieves who stole Christmas presents from Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Up to 20 gifts destined for sick children, including games consoles and DVD players, were taken from the hospital in London.

The reward - up to £2,000 - is being offered by Crimestoppers for information that leads to the prosecution of the culprits.

The presents were not wrapped and may have been taken in Christmas sacks.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said officers were examining hospital CCTV.

'Concern and kindness'

The gifts were taken between Friday and Monday from a private part of the hospital, Scotland Yard said.

After the theft was publicised, a number of retailers offered to replace the stolen presents.

A Great Ormond Street Hospital spokeswoman said: "We have been overwhelmed by generous offers from individuals and companies to replace the missing items.

"These items have now been replaced by a long-term supporter.

"Thank you to everyone who has contacted us for their concern and kindness."

The reward will remain in place until 19 March.

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