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Hayes mother "desperate" for the return of baby's favourite toy

PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 May 2014

The bag, pictured, had a great deal of sentimental value.

The bag, pictured, had a great deal of sentimental value.

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A mother is "desperate" for the return of her baby's favourite toy, after it was stolen from a car park.

14-month-old Vida's favourite toy was in the stolen pram14-month-old Vida's favourite toy was in the stolen pram

Samantha Barona, 29, of Hayes, was shocked when her child’s pram, containing the beloved toy and a handbag, was snatched from Hayes car park.

Samantha was leaving the car park at around 5pm on April 5 and forgot to put the pram into the back of the car.

She drove off with her daughter, 14-month-old Vida, before quickly realising her mistake and driving back to collect the pram. By this time it had disappeared.

“I thought someone had just moved it,” Samantha explained.

“It had gone in the space of a minute, or a minute and a half.

“It’s such a sweet little village, there’s no way I thought it would be gone.”

The pram, which cost about £1,200 to replace, was not what Samantha was most upset about losing.

Vida’s favourite toy, a “Handy Manny” doll, was also taken as well as one of Vida’s books and a handbag with a great deal of sentimental value.

“Worse than the pram going I think was probably her favourite toy and my bag, which can’t really be replaced.

“My bag was bought by my mother in law and she passed away,” Samantha said.

Despite asking in the shops on the High Street, making posters and contacting police, Samantha has had no luck in tracing the missing items.

“I did think someone would have handed it in.

“In Hayes you’re almost fooled into thinking it’s such a lovely little place, nothing bad happens, but that’s probably quite naive isn’t it?”

Did you see anything that day or know where Vida’s toy might be? Call Molly Kersey on 02084773826 or email molly.kersey@archant.co.uk

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