Fenton girl distraught after losing iPod gift from soldier dad at Stoke City game
A NINE-YEAR-OLD girl has been left 'distraught' after losing the iPod touch given to her by her soldier dad just weeks before he left for Afghanistan.
Tayla Buttery was on her way to the Britannia Stadium on Saturday when she realised she had lost it.
The Glebe Primary School pupil wanted to use it to film the Stoke City players coming out of the tunnel for her dad Pete – but she discovered she had dropped it as she was buying a match day programme.
Pete, an avid Stoke City fan, is currently serving in Helmand Province with the Queen's Royal Lancers and is due to return in May.
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The 38-year-old sergeant gave his daughter the gift before heading off for the six-month tour.
Tayla's stepmother, Kerry Buttery, of Fenton, said: "It was a gift from her dad. He bought it for her before he went to Afghanistan because he knew he would be missing Christmas.
"She uses it all the time. I keep telling her it is only a material thing and that it can be replaced but it has a sentimental and emotional value to her."
The youngster also used the iPod to contact her dad, when he is not serving, at his base in Catterick, North Yorkshire.
Thirty-six-year-old Kerry added: "She is really upset. She uses it all the time to speak to her dad when he is home.
"She only gets to see him at weekends and she misses him so much.
"We have been searching for it ever since she lost it. She keeps telling me she thinks losing it was bad luck and is worried about her dad."
Kerry believes the iPod could have been dropped as the pair walked to the stadium.
She has retraced her steps across a bridge but has so far had no luck. She is now appealing to anyone who may have seen the gadget, which is white with a pink backing case, to get in touch.
Tayla said: "I just hope somebody finds my iPod. It was a present from my dad."
Staffordshire Police have also appealed for information from the public.
A spokesman said: "Mrs Buttery attended our Hanley inquiry office on Saturday evening and reported an iPod had been lost between her home address in Fenton and the Britannia Stadium."
Anyone with any information about the iPod touch should contact Staffordshire Police on the non-emergency number, 101.