Mum’s fury as thief steals her suitcase from National Express coach

A devastated mum has hit out after an opportunist thief took her suitcase containing £600 of electrical gear from the luggage compartment of a National Express coach – while the driver was unloading bags.

Amber Stokes, 40, only realised what happened when she arrived in Devon.

She had travelled on the coach from Nottingham, and was horrified to find her bag gone.

The mum was on a family holiday with 13-year-old son Samuel when it happened.

She told Nottinghamshire Live: "I lost a hell of a lot of stuff.

"We got the bus from Nottingham on Saturday, August 3, and when we got to the last place in Devon I found my case was not there.

"Someone in Bideford went into the luggage hold and took my case out without the driver seeing.

"The CCTV showed that it was not even anyone on the coach. We arrived there with nothing but what we were wearing.

"I had my son's brand new Nike Air trainers in there, his £90 coat, my GHDs which are worth £180. It's really out of order.

"It was our first holiday in six years and I was devastated. I was in tears."

Ms Stokes, who lives in Strelley and works in retail, said National Express had not offered to compensate her for the stolen items – and instead refunded her trip and gave her two complimentary tickets.

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