THIEVES have stolen fish worth hundreds of pounds from a garden pond.
Twenty colourful fish, including koi carp, were taken from a garden pond in Humbledon in a night raid.
Owner David Wales said grandson Joel was horrified when he discovered the fish had disappeared, as some of them had been there since the seven-year-old was a baby.
He said: “We have lost the odd fish before when a heron was coming over from Silksworth Lake, but these were all taken.
“My grandson went out to feed them with my wife Sandra and he was devastated.
“He had a particular fish he had a taken a shine to called Ish, because he couldn’t say fish when he was a baby.
“I think someone has taken them.”
David, a production manager at Nissan, has reported the theft to police.
The 45-year-old, of Highside Drive, said: “They are worth from £5 to £30 each, so about £200 to £300, but it is more sentimental, as we’ve had the pond about seven years.
“We were hoping by now somebody would have seen something.
“We could replace them, but it’s not the same and Joel would recognise the ones he liked.”
A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: “Between 9pm on Saturday, April 14, and 7.30am on Monday, April 16, 20 fish were stolen from a pond in Highside Drive, Sunderland.
“Inquiries are ongoing.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Northumbria Police on 101.