North London girl, 10, heartbroken after beloved fairy house was stolen from front garden

A 10-year-old girl has been left heartbroken after her special present was stolen out of her family’s front garden in North London.

The girl told her mum she wanted to put her beloved fairy house outside so other children could see it when they walked past.

Islington mum-of-two Tamsin Copp said: “It wasn’t worth anything money wise, but it was a gift that I bought her for her end of year report.”

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Her daughter put the fairy house outside along with a fairy she’d owned for years that her grandma had bought her.

“She said with everything being closed at the moment, might be nice for other little children to see when they’re out on their walks and stuff,” Tamsin said.

“Quite a few people have got plants and bits and pieces in their front gardens, so when my daughter suggested putting it out there, I didn’t think twice about it.”

But when she next went out to play with the fairy house, it was gone.

Tamsin asked: “What are people planning to do with these things? They’re not worth anything.”

She added the robbery felt invasive, as the fairy house was tucked away in the garden, close to their family home where Tamsin lives with her husband and two children.

“It’s literally right outside, and our flat is sort of upside down, so our bedrooms are downstairs, and I’ve got my kitchen and living room upstairs,” she said.

“So where the fairy and the little fairy house was was more or less right outside my bedroom window.

“And whoever took it would have had to come in the gate down the garden, and either down the steps that lead to my front door, or across the lawn.”

It follows a string of reports of stealing in Islington, after one man shared a video of thieves taking his family’s packages in broad daylight and many reported similar experiences.

After Tamsin shared her own experience on a local neighbourhood group, another local woman reported the community library she had set up was also stolen from a nearby road.

She said she didn’t think this kind of thing happened in her family’s area.

“This area is just not like that,” she said, “normally there’s a real sense of community. Everyone looks out for each other.”

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