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Zoo's returned monkeys settle back at home

Three of the returned monkeys enjoy a snack Credit: ITV

A group of monkeys, returned to Blackpool Zoo after a theft, have not lost their appetites despite their ordeal.

Five of the animals were stolen during a break-in earlier this week. Four were found abandoned in a cardboard box in West Yorkshire last night.

The youngest, a baby Cotton-Top Tamarin, is still missing. Zoo staff fear for its survival without its mother.

ITV News cameras captured the returned animals settling down, and enjoying a snack, this afternoon.

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Concern for missing monkey as four others return home to zoo

Four monkeys stolen from Blackpool Zoo have been returned home and doing well. But there are concerns for a fifth, a baby Cotton-top Tamarin, which is still missing.

The five were stolen overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday and police say they were inundated with calls from the public before four were found in Brighouse, Yorkshire.

"I would like to thank everyone for their support. This is still a live inquiry as we continue to investigate who was responsible for the thefts.

"I would appeal to anyone who has information or any witnesses who saw anything suspicious on Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning to get in touch. "

– PC Steve Higgs, Blackpool Police

"We are extremely relieved that four of the monkeys have been found safe and well, although we are also saddened that the baby Cotton-top Tamarin has not been found."We would like to thank everyone for their support in helping us find the monkeys which were all born here at Blackpool Zoo and are very much part of our family. The monkeys have all been checked and have been reintroduced back into their group."

– Charlotte Pennie, head of primates at Blackpool Zoo



Brighouse man goes missing

Gordon Smithies Credit: West Yorkshire Police

A 64-year-old man from Brighouse, West Yorkshire has gone missing.

Gordon Smithies was last seen at 9.30pm on Wednesday 8 May at his home. He is wearing blue cotton trousers and a black zip up cardigan and possibly a grey shirt. He is white, 6ft tall and of medium build, with brown hair.

The photo released shows Mr Smithies with a moustache. He no longer has a moustache.

Ginger hair curiosity leads to award winning DNA machine

A teenager from Brighouse has been named the UK's Young Engineer of the Year. Fred Turner has been presented with the award after building his own genetic testing machine.

The 17 year old was inspired to make it so he could analyse his own DNA to work out why his younger brother has ginger hair but he doesn't. James Webster's been to meet him.

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