A woman is appealing for the return of an ornamental plant pot that she says was stolen from her home.

Evelyn Simpson, 92, of Woodlands off Orton Road, Carlisle, said her plant pot was stolen over the Christmas period.

“It was a large blue glazed pot with an Azealia in it, wide, by the front door,” she said, adding that it was a 90th birthday present from her son and had a reasonable monetary value.

“I don’t know who would have taken it, there are an awful lot of cars coming in and out regularly – carers, delivery drivers, any car could come in.

“But the pot can’t be seen from Orton Road so it must have been someone who has already come in and seen it, then came back for it,” she added.

She was away for Christmas after leaving late on Christmas Eve, and when she came back on Boxing Day, it was gone, she said.

“I would think the thief had it in mind for someone’s Christmas present,” she said.

She said she didn’t tell the police because they wouldn’t be interested in a stolen plant pot, but hopes that the person who received the pot, if they did, would read this and realise from where it came.

Neighbours couldn’t help much either as doorbell cameras do not face her way, so there is no footage of the supposed thief.

“I’ve never had anything like this happen to me before,” she concluded, adding that she decided to publicise the matter after reading of memorials being stolen elsewhere in Carlisle this month.