A HOLIDAY maker was distraught when he returned home to find his gooseberry bush had been picked bare.

The householder from Winsoredge, Nailsworth was looking forward to tucking into a delicious gooseberry crumble which his friend was due to make to welcome him home.

However, upon returning he was greeted with the news that there would be no pudding as a heartless fruit felon had stripped the bush of its bounty - leaving the kind neighbour with the key ingredient missing from their recipe.

A post on Nailsworth Chat and Information revealed the antics of the produce-pilferer, leading to dozens of comments of support.

In the post, which has featured on Angry People in Local Newspapers, the victim had strong words for the whoever took his berries, writing: "I hope the person chokes on them!"