A couple have made a desperate plea for the return of £500 worth of stolen Christmas presents.

The wrapped up presents had been left on the back seat of a car in Coleridge Road, Maldon, when one of the vehicle’s windows was broken and the gifts were stolen.

Postal worker Amanda Scrivener, 49, and Ben Bhattacharya, 47, had been planning to take the gifts down to Ms Scrivener’s four grandchildren in Southminster, but they delayed their trip on Boxing Day because the grandchildren fell ill.

Ms Scrivener said: “I know it was complete stupidity to leave the presents in the car."

If you can help with the police investigation, call 101.

Among the items stolen were:
Scroll Explore tablet computer with case keyboard and touch screen gloves
Monty Python 'Almost Everything’ boxset
Children's Early Learning Centre Boom keyboard
Two sets of Jabees cord-control (anti-tangle) headphones
Parabola Magic Box DAB radio
A Beautiful You epilator
Shambala crystal and pearl bracelet in a silver box.
Crane ski suit (7-8 years, blue and white jackets and black salopets)
Toys R Us jewellery making kit.
Butterfly wooden number and letter jigsaw.
Various books:MIck Inkpen-Wibbly Pig Board Boxset, David Walliam-The Boy In the Dress, Horrid Henry Compendium, Aesop's Fables and others.