CCTV appeal after 5ft teddy stolen in Stafford

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The bear outside the cafe prior to the theftImage source, The Bakehouse, Stafford
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The Bakehouse Café said the bear had been "kidnapped by some high-spirited football fans"

Thieves who stole a 5ft (1.5m) teddy bear are being hunted by police.

It was "kidnapped by high-spirited football fans" from Bakehouse Café in Stafford after England's World Cup quarter-final in July, the owners said.

Ann Ager said the bear named Barnaby was considered a "bit of a local celebrity" and was "really missed" after it was taken from outside a café.

Police said they were seeking four men in their 20s and released a CCTV image in connection with the probe.

Image source, Staffordshire Police
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Police have released an image of a man they want to speak to

"The owners would very much like to be reunited with Barnaby as he holds a great deal of sentimental value," police said.

The theft from Market Street happened on 7 July when England faced Sweden to progress to their semi-final.

In a statement posted on Facebook shortly after the theft, the café said it hoped Barnaby was "being looked after".

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