But there’s no happy ending so far, as around 20 wrapped presents which had been bought from the hospital’s charity fund, intended for children in the intensive care unit, were stolen.

Police were called to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London on Monday after a report that the presents, which included portable DVD players, DVDs, Nintendo DS games consoles, games and toys had been taken reports The Guardian.

They were stolen between Friday and Monday, and were taken from a private 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.”

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