A vintage shop sign which was photographed by fascinated members of the public when it was recently uncovered has been stolen.
The sign was revealed when the new owners of the premises in Green Lane, Northwood, took down the sign of the previous store, The Northwood Book Shop.
Vinay Raval, 30, owner of the shop, which will be opening up as Northwood News, said: "The sign was about 12ft above the ground, so it would have needed at least two people to remove it and they would have needed ladders."
He explained it was an old pharmacy sign which was believed to date back to the 1920s, and was made of a bottle green-coloured glass with golden leaves used for the lettering.
Mr Raval added: "We're just shocked it's been taken, we were going to incorporate it with our own sign."
Detective Sergeant Andy Dawson said: "This is an unusual crime involving the theft of a rare shop signage which may be a collector's item for somebody." [25a0] Anyone with information can contact the Beat Crimes Unit at Uxbridge Police on 0208 246 1498, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.