A COLLECTION of vintage enamel signs worth around £2,500 have been reported stolen from a garden in Rookley.

Vincent and Tammie Faithfull, of Main Road, have reported the theft to the police and appealed for County Press readers to get in touch if they have any information.

"We live on a main road with an industrial estate behind us. It's a busy area and these are large signs — I'm sure people would have seen them being carried away or loaded into a car," said Tammie, 40.

The eleven signs, of various sizes, include old traffic signs and vintage adverts for Dunlop, Player cigarettes and Virol.

Vincent, 51, collects and sells them through his website, Vincent's Motorcycles and Antiques.

He said: "My wife and I feel totally vulnerable in my own home now. This theft would have taken over 45 mins, in my garden, where my child plays, and we did not hear a thing."

Along with another theft from Vincent's unit in Merstone, on August 28, of a motorcycle and tools, it brings the total loss to around £4,000.

Tammie, who has recently had breast cancer surgery, said: "We have been so preoccupied with everything, we didn't notice at first. They must have been stolen between Monday and Wednesday this week.

"We want to make people aware they are stolen, if they are offered for sale, and ask if anyone saw anything."

Tammie said she was worried about the impact of the incident on their eight-year-old daughter, Poppie.

"It has made me feel vulnerable. I worry about people coming into the house and garden," she said.

"My little girl is very anxious, she's worried about robbers."

Vincent added: "We are going to take measures to secure the property, but we're worried they may come back when we are away for hospital appointments and work commitments."

Anyone with information can call Isle of Wight Police on 101, quoting the reference 44180346227.