Granddad Stephen Traveller offers £250 reward after ‘heartbreaking’ loss of camcorder in Romford

Little Leo in May last year

Little Leo in May last year - Credit: Archant

Precious scenes from the first year of a grandson’s life and a pair of special birthday celebrations are among the hours of irreplaceable footage on a lost camcorder.

Stephen in Morocco

Stephen in Morocco - Credit: Archant

The stills on this page are examples of the moments captured by budding filmmaker Stephen Traveller over the last 12 months.

Stephen and his partner Gillie in Cornwall - one of the visits captured on Stephen's camcorder

Stephen and his partner Gillie in Cornwall - one of the visits captured on Stephen's camcorder - Credit: Archant

Sadly, photos are all he has left after misplacing the camcorder he’d been carrying around for a year.

Stephen, 60, believes the device could have fallen out the door of his car as he stopped off at Tesco in Gallows Corner on Saturday, March 30.

Unfortunately the film hadn’t been backed up so he fears it could be gone for good.


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“A lot of the footage was of my grandson Leo from the age of about one month to his first steps in November, as well as his first birthday party in December and then more recent footage,” said the proud grandparent.

“I’d been planning to create a film montage of his first year, which of course is now impossible.

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“Leo is my first and, so far, only grandchild. It’s quite heartbreaking that I’ve lost those memories of his early life for our family to enjoy, and to hand down to Leo as he grows up.”

In a bid to be reunited with the lost camera, Stephen is offering a £250 reward to anyone who may have stumbled across it in the days since the Easter weekend.

Other footage includes both Stephen’s and his partner Gillie’s 60th birthday celebrations and a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Morocco last year.

“It’s 12 months of my life,” he told the Recorder. “It’s not the camera – it’s the memories I’ll never get back.”

He reckons the camera was lost some time between 11am and midday and could have been picked up as it lay in the car park.

The Tunbridge Wells resident had been heading to watch his son Paul perform with a band, something else he’d been hoping to film.

If you’ve found the Sony HDR-SR10E camcorder, or know where it is, please call the news desk on 020 8477 3903.

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