Police search for 11-year-old's missing birthday present in St Albans

An 11-year-old girl is searching for her missing Vans, which were taken from H&M St Albans in The Maltings

An 11-year-old girl is searching for her missing Vans, which were taken from H&M St Albans in The Maltings - Credit: Google Earth

A birthday present which was "taken" from an 11-year-old girl inside a St Albans shop has been found.

Hertfordshire Constabulary launched an appeal on Tuesday, February 22 to find a pair of missing Vans trainers which an 11-year-old girl left on a table inside H&M at The Maltings.

The Vans were the girl's birthday present, which she left on the table on Tuesday, February 15 while she browsed the clothing store.

Police officers announced on Thursday, February 24 that the search is over.

The woman who took the shoes has handed them in.

The 11-year-old girl put her shoes down on a table in H&M St Albans, but they were taken by another customer

The 11-year-old girl put her shoes down on a table in H&M St Albans, but they were taken by another customer - Credit: PA/Ian West

PC Lee Hammond, from the St Albans Safer Neighbourhood Team, led the original appeal.

PC Hammond said: "We are keen to trace this other customer to see if she has handed the trainers in.

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"They were in an orange/red coloured box and are a children's size five.

"Did you see them get picked up?

"Do you think you have seen them since?"