AN 85-YEAR-OLD man had his collection of model trains stolen while he was in hospital.

The man started his collection in 1977 and several trains, wagons and carriages were stolen by thieves who broke into his shed.

He was in hospital from May 9-July 9 and discovered the break-in at his home in Ninnings Road, Chalfont St Peter, when he returned home from hospital.

Among the items stolen are a GNR Green Locomotive, a Wren Railway engine and a model of the Flying Scotsman.

Also missing is a black plastic dustbin which may have been taken to carry the stolen property.

Thames Valley Police has launched and investigation. Anyone with information should contact Police Community Support Officer Roland Lobo of the Chalfont St Peter neighbourhood policing team on 101 or the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.