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Fergie the tortoise taken from visitor attraction

Fergie was taken from the farm and onto a bus Credit: Blackberry Farm

Police have issued a plea to help find Fergie the tortoise, stolen from Blackberry Farm in Whitesmith, near Uckfield.

The two-year-old Hermann’s tortoise has been missing from the premises since Saturday.

CCTV images appear to show a man pick Fergie up, handing to a woman, who then slips it into her hoody pocket shortly before 5pm that day.

Is this the moment Fergie was taken? Credit: Blackberry Farm

The suspects are then seen to leave the farm with four or five children, before boarding the number 54 bus to Uckfield, where they got off.

Paul Harris, owner, said: “It’s shocking that someone could do this to a family farm. We’re a visitor attraction and we just can’t believe it.

“Fergie had a companion in Dexter, another two-year-old tortoise, and the pair were inseparable. Our cat Boots has now taken it upon herself to keep Dexter company, but we’d love for them to be reunited as soon as possible.

“We’re concerned for Fergie’s welfare and we’re urging anyone with any information to contact the police.”