A MUM was shocked to find two precious hanging baskets that were stolen from her home on display outside someone else's property.

Michelle Clark has been using her free time during lockdown to make the baskets and was upset when she noticed they were gone on July 2.

The 46-year-old from Rodbourne said: “I was talking to one of my friends in the garden and I was showing her what I’d been up to and then I noticed that they weren’t hanging up outside anymore.

“They were quite expensive to make – it would come up to £50 for each one roughly. I was gutted to see that they had been taken because I’d worked so hard on them.”

Michelle believes they were taken between June 30 and July 2.

In a Facebook post, she asked whether anyone had any information and before she could make the decision to go to the police or not they had been found.

She decided not to confront the person who had them on display.

“I don’t think the person was very clever in hanging them up, when I went to the house and saw them it made me really upset,” Michelle said.

“I took it into my own hands and got them down to take back home. I’d much rather they had knocked on my door asking where I got them from or how I made them. I would have even made them some if they’d asked.

“I was just horrible to think 'what if they’d stolen something more valuable from someone else or something meaningful?'.”

Daughter Jordanne, 23, helped to spread the word after seeing how distraught her mum was.

Jordanne said: “It wasn’t nice to see how upset my mum was, it was horrible that they would do something like this. It was heartbreaking.”

But their faith was restored when the online community helped to track down the baskets.

Michelle said: “I didn’t think I’d ever see them again so it was a massive relief when we were told they’d been found.

“I’d made them so it was quite personal to me and I don’t have another £50 to spend on some more, it’s helped me to get through lockdown. I’m just trying to make my home as nice as I can and unfortunately low-lives take it on themselves to ruin that.

“It has been nice that people have gone out their way to help and it just shows that not everyone is like that. It’s good to know that there are some decent people out there.”