Sussex

Fergie the tortoise 'stolen from farm in hoodie' handed back

Fergie the tortoise Image copyright Sussex Police
Image caption Fergie the Hermann's tortoise and his friend, Dexter, were inseparable, his owner said

Fergie the tortoise, who was taken from a petting farm after allegedly being smuggled out in a visitor's hoodie, has been returned.

Sussex Police said he was brought back to Blackberry Farm, East Sussex, on Tuesday.

The force had previously issued CCTV footage apparently showing Fergie being picked up by a couple on Saturday.

He has been reunited with Dexter, his companion, with whom farm owner Paul Harris said he had been inseparable.

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Police said they were talking to the suspects and inquiries were continuing.

The man and woman who were seen on CCTV left the farm, in Whitesmith, near Uckfield, with four or five children at about 17:00 BST on Saturday before boarding a bus.

Mr Harris had described the theft as "shocking".

"We're a visitor attraction and we just can't believe it," he said.

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