David Walliams has apologised to his young readers for for not responding to their fan mail after discovering his post had been stolen. The comedian turned children author revealed on twitter that he’d been informed by police he was the victim of mail theft and has asked young fans to write to him again.

David WalliamsDavid Walliams’ fan letters have been targeted by mail thieves.

On twitter Walliams wrote: “The @metpoliceuk just told me my post was stolen, including a large box of letters from children that had been sent via @HarperCollins. So I apologise if you sent a letter & have not received a reply as I do endeavour to reply to everyone. If in doubt please write again.”

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A Scotland Yard spokesman told The Telegraph: "Police in Camden were called on April 8 by a member of the public who had found a number of discarded items of post. Officers are in the process of contacting the intended recipients and inquiries are under way to establish whether an offence has been committed. Inquiries continue.”

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Walliams is one of Britain’s best-selling children’s authors, having published his first book The Boy in the Dress in 2008. His seventh book, Grandpa's Great Escape is due out later this year. To date his works have sold over 12.5 million copies. In 2014 he overtook JK Rowling to become one of the most read authors in children’s schools.