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Signed football shirt stolen from ill 5-year-old

The family of a young football fan with a rare medical condition are appealing after his signed Rotherham shirt was stolen.

Jasper's signed shirt and drawstring bag were stolen

Jasper Thornton, 5, has Epidermolysis Bullosa which causes his skin to blister and peel, meaning he cannot play football.

The condition doesn't stop him being an avid Rotherham United fan though.

Jasper met his heroes and the players and staff signed his shirt for him.

After seeing the Millers win promotion thanks to a penalty shoot-out victory over Leyton Orient at Wembley, Jasper and his family followed the team through their home town on the open top bus tour. Jasper met his heroes and the players and staff signed his shirt for him.

The condition doesn't stop him being an avid Rotherham United fan though.

His father, Scott, says the shirt and a custom made drawstring bag were taken from his car in Treeton, Rotherham on 2 January and the family are appealing for anyone who can help return Jasper's shirt to contact them.

Jasper's mother, Jessica, told ITV Calendar that the family are desperate to have the shirt returned.

South Yorkshire Police say they are investigating.

UPDATE:

Jasper's parents have revealed to Calendar that Rotherham United have been in touch to offer him a chance to be a mascot for the team at an upcoming game. Jasper will also be presented with a new home shirt and will meet the players for them to sign it.

Jessica said she and husband Scott were "delighted" and that Jasper was "over the moon."