A seven-month-old baby has been left without a pram after it was stolen from a communal area at a Horsham property just days after Christmas.
The baby’s mother has told the County Times she is ‘gutted’ about the discovery of the theft which took place some time between 7.30pm on Saturday, December 29 and 10.15am the next day.
“We’re really disappointed,” said Claire Harding, who lives in Gardeners Court, New Street with husband Adam, seven-month-old Amelia and Imogen, five.
“We didn’t make a big deal out of Christmas as Amelia’s too young to understand but we feel at a time of giving we’ve had something very valuable taken from us.
“It’s caused us a lot of inconvenience and we’re gutted about it really.”
The pram is described as a Jane Slalom Pro, three-wheeler, chassis system. It has a handbrake, a black basket beneath the chassis which has a wheel pump on it, an attached carry-cot which has a hood, zip cover and is grey in colour.
A cot sheet and blanket were in the pram and a pink elephant toy was attached to the handle.
Mrs Harding, who discovered the £700 pram was missing when on her way to church, left it in the communal area to save having to take it up the stairs to her flat which she had previously done with her eldest daughter’s pushchair.
She said: “I’ve been able to trust being in this area and we love Horsham but it’s made us feel as if we don’t really want to be here anymore .”
Amelia is currently being carried around until a replacement can be arranged.
“We just really want to appeal to the heart of the person who has taken it as they have taken something from a seven-month-old child who hasn’t had much else for Christmas,” she added.
If anyone has information please contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 0459 of 30/12.