POLICE have appealed for help after Christmas presents for a fundraiser for a mother’s disabled daughter were stolen.

Gemma Edwards, 26, left gifts, which were part of a party raising money for her disabled daughter’s medical treatment, in her car overnight on Saturday December 14.

Her daughter, three-year-old Ella, is confined to a wheelchair and has quadriplegic cerebral palsy with spasticity and dystonia.

The presents were part of a fundraising drive to help raise money for Ella to have pioneering stem cell treatment in the USA.

A total of 45 gifts were taken from the vehicle and an investigation has now been launched.

The Northumbria force is now appealing to the public for help to find those responsible.

Neighbourhood Inspector, Pam Bridges, said: “It is thought that the gifts were stolen sometime between 7pm, on Saturday December 14, and midday, on Sunday December 15.

“We’re investigating a number of lines of inquiry, however, we need anyone who saw anything suspicious or who has information that could help, to get in touch.

“Any small detail could be beneficial to the investigation and help officers track down those responsible as well as re-uniting the gifts with Gemma and Ella in time for Christmas.”

The car was parked in Bondgate Close, near the family home in Hexham.

Anyone with any information, or who saw anything suspicious, is asked to contact police via 101 using reference number 448 15/12/19.