A woman has called for the thieves who took her cherished 46-year-old Morris Minor 1000 convertible car from outside her Bradford on Avon home to return it.

The black car, which has the registration plate MBY 291D, was taken from outside her Trowbridge Road home between 8pm and 11pm on Monday, October 1.

Owner Debbie Snowdon, who lives with husband Tim, is desperate to get back the car, known as MBY, as it holds great sentimental value because it was given to her as a gift by her late mother-in-law, Betty Snowdon.

Teacher Mrs Snow-don said: “I was absolutely devastated when I realised she was gone. The police have been really helpful, trying to find her, but, unfortunately, we’ve had no information so far.”

Police have told Mrs Snowdon they suspect her car may have been taken away to be sold for spare parts.

Mrs Snowdon said: “She could well be in a garage somewhere, having her identity changed.

“I would just like it if she was tracked down. It has been two weeks now and the police and my insurance have said it is looking less likely, but I’d be delighted if I could get her back.”

“I’d appeal for anyone with my car to return it, as she is of great sentimental value to me.”

Anyone with information can call PC Richard Gardner of the Crime Management team on 101.

Alternatively, witnesses can contact the Crimestoppers hotline, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.