Thieves steal thousands of Lego sets destined to be Christmas presents for children in hospitals across the UK - Naijatune

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Thieves steal thousands of Lego sets destined to be Christmas presents for children in hospitals across the UK

Thieves have stolen 2,000 Lego sets from a charity which was due to distribute the sets as Christmas presents to children's hospitals and hospices across the UK.
The sets were stolen from Fairy Bricks, a charity based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, which delivers around £7,500 of sets every month nationwide.
Thieves broke into the charity's van while it was parked on an industrial estate off New Hey Road, Huddersfield, overnight on Thursday.
The stolen sets were a promotion by Lego stores last Christmas and cannot be purchased in shops.
West Yorkshire Police Inspector James Kitchen said: “The items stolen were intended to help improve the wellbeing of children who may be in hospital, or hospices over the festive period.
“I would appeal to anyone to may have been in the area overnight who may have seen or heard anything suspicious or who has any information to come forward.
“I would also urge anyone who may see the sets advertised for sale via online auction sites or social media, or who is invited to buy them in person to think twice.
“These are not sets you would be able to ordinarily purchase and their availability to you may not be legitimate.
“If you are in doubt of the sets origin, don’t buy them, but contact the police.
“Our enquiries are very much on going to find those responsible.”
The door at the side of the vehicle was opened and peeled back to steal the toys. 
Leanne Davies, from Fairy Bricks, said "The van was opened like a can of beans, it's horrendous.
"We are going to have to work a lot harder, we won't be beaten."
The sets stolen are set number 40222 - a 24 in 1 building set that was issued promotionally by Lego and cannot be purchased in shops.
Anyone with any information about the incident, who has seen the sets for sale or has been invited to buy them should contact police via 101 quoting  13170537540 . Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers on  0800 555 111 .

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