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First of four stolen tortoises returned to her family

First of four stolen tortoises returned to her family

Simon Meechan

First of four stolen tortoises returned to her family

One of four tortoises taken from a garden shed has been reunited with her owners, who are appealing for the safe return of the other three.

Harry Best, 13, with Esme after her return

Spur-thighed tortoises Esme, Norah, Henrietta and Gertrude were taken from a garden shed in Knowl Hill on Tuesday, April 1.

After owner Richard Best appealed to the Advertiser, Esme, the eldest of the four, was returned on Thursday.

He said a woman anonymously rang John Hayward, co-ordinator of the National Theft Register, and it was dropped off at Pines Veterinary Clinic, Bath Road, in the evening.

Richard looks after the tortoises with his wife, Louise, and two children, Hannah, 16 and Henry, 13.

The vet is appealing to the woman for any information she has about the other tortoises.

He said: "She might know where they came from and who gave it to her. That would probably get us the others back.

He added: "She is clearly a caring person and we would very much like to thank her and ask if she is able to offer us any information that would lead to the recovery of Esme's companions."

The four stolen tortoises


Contact police on 101 or Mr Haywood, who can be called anonymously, on 07802404929 with information on the reptiles whereabouts.

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