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Rare baby tortoise stolen and thrown around by gang at Essex train station

Officers found a Tortoise on board a train service from Essex Credit: BTP

A rare baby tortoise which was stolen and abused by a gang of youths and then abandoned on a train from Essex is now recovering from its ordeal.

The one-year-old India star tortoise was rescued by police after commuters saw it being thrown around at a train station.

The little reptile was then fed left-overs by police officers who nicknamed Mickey.

They named him Mickey before taking him to be cared for by the RSPCA Credit: BTP

A police tweet about Mickey was later seen by the RSPCA and Ross Blake, who owns the store from which the tortoise was stolen.

Mr Blake said that the business were delighted to get the tortoise home, but it was more important he had been found safely.

The tortoise was stolen by thieves, who hid Mickey in a coat at Essex Reptiles, and then took him to Braintree Station.

The Indian Star tortoise is a rare breed from India and Sri Lanka, and is classed as threatened in the wild. Credit: BTP

Members of the public found Mickey on the train and handed him into the British Transport Police officers at London Liverpool Street Station.

Mickey is now safe and well back in his rightful home at Essex Reptiles.

Essex Police are currently investigating the theft of the tortoise, and appealing for witnesses and information.