One of the stars of Sherlock has appealed for the return of her father’s “most precious possession”, a 70-year-old toy pedal car.
Louise Brealey, who played lovestruck morgue registrar Molly Hooper in the BBC series, said his garage in Raunds, Northamptonshire, was broken into on 12 November.
Keith Brealey, 71, had his 1949 Austin Pathfinder stolen among other items.
The star said: “It’s worse than losing something yourself. He’s heartbroken.”
The actor added: “His mum, who died when dad was a teen, had saved up for months to buy him an Austin Pathfinder pedal car. He has owned it for 70 years.”
It is “basically the Penny Black of the pedal car world”, she said.
Since the actress put out the appeal on Twitter it has been shared over 9,500 times.
She has received support from the likes of poet Pam Ayres, writer Caitlin Moran and actor Prasanna Puwanarajah.
Brealey, who also starred in Ripper Street and is an accomplished writer, posted a picture of a restored version of the car.
But said that her father’s toy was a “very rusty, trusty, old friend” and was also “loved hard and showed it”.
“Police are trying their best, but he’s desolate,” she added.
A Northamptonshire Police spokeswoman said it was investigating and believed the thieves were driving a Peugeot SUV.
She is asking anyone with information to call the force.