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Australian family's precious photos from epic trip stolen in Bucks
A FAMILY who travelled from Russia to England are appealing for the return of a memory card holding precious photos from the trip after it was stolen when they arrived in Bucks.
David Pilbeam and his two boys, aged nine and six, from Western Australia went on the journey of a lifetime in a white 1966 Hillman Imp.
Taking hundreds of photos along the way they had a huge collection stored on their camera and laptop, but these were stolen from their car while parked in Christmas Common.
The journey started when David packed up his vintage car and sent it to Vladivostok, where he joined it, and started his trip across Russia, where he received a lot of generosity from the people in the country.
He made his way to Helsinki where he left the Imp to be repaired, flew home to pick up his two boys, flew back to Helsinki and continued their journey across Europe ending up in France.
Then it was off to Ireland, where David and his son then sailed in the Mirror Dingy World Championships.
From there they then travelled to Scotland to partake in the 50th Celebrations of the Hillman Imp.
Here, he sold the Imp to a new owner and then hired a car to travel down to Buckinghamshire to stay with relatives in Stokenchurch.
When he arrived in Bucks on Sunday he parked their hire car at Christmas Common but while they went for a walk the car was broken into.
David's back pack containing his camera, laptop and TomTom sat nav were stolen.
The back pack was later found and kindly returned but the other items were gone.
David's mum, Janet, and sister, Julia, emailed from Australia appealing for the return of the memory cards.
Janet said: "We would dearly love to get the cards from either the camera or computer, or both, back as they contain their photographs taken from their amazing sojourn across Europe."
If anyone believes they have found the memory cards email David's sister, Julia Carpenter, on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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