A paramedic had her children’s Christmas presents stolen when thieves raided her car - for the third year in a row.

Tracy Stephens desperately yelled at them to stop after catching them red-handed.

But they ran off with their arms full of £400 worth of gifts, BirminghamLive reports.

The haul included LOL toys and games, a Peter Rabbit gift set, handbags and a pair of curtains.

Tracy, a frontline worker for West Midlands Ambulance Service, had been getting ready to leave home for a shift at Donnington Ambulance Station.

The single mum-of-six had left the Suzuki Alto parked up in Leegomery in Telford, Shropshire when they struck at 6pm on October 29.

It is the third time in as many years she has had her car broken into and Christmas presents stolen.

Her colleagues raised money for her and presented her with flowers

After learning of her plight, colleagues of the 'kind and caring' paramedic launched a fundraising appeal.

They hope to cover the cost of the stolen presents and to repair the smashed car window.

Colleague Ben Gumsley wrote on JustGiving: "My dear friend and colleague Tracy Stephens, who works at Donnington Ambulance Station, had her car broken into as she left for work.

"In her car were the Christmas presents she had bought for her children and grandchildren.

“Tracy witnessed the thief and shouted to them but they ran off with an arm full of presents totalling around £400.

"Not only this, but they smashed the car window which is going to cost Tracy even more money.”

It was the third year in a row thieves had targeted her (stock image)

He added: ”Tracy is the kindest, most caring person I know and she truly does not deserve this misfortune.

“I want to raise money to replace the Christmas presents and repair Tracy's car.

"Any money raised above this will be donated to a charity of Tracy's choosing."

It raised more than £1,100 and Tracy was presented with flowers, chocolates and a card at the ambulance station this week.

In a video, she said: "Oh my God. This is absolutely amazing. Thank you so much."

She later said: "I am a single mum of six and grandmother to soon to be 11 - this is so needed but has totally overwhelmed me.

"The generosity shown is incredible and my heartfelt thanks go to everyone."

The ambulance service said the devastating event had demonstrated the 'true camaraderie' among colleagues.