The owner of a blind hedgehog stolen four days ago has spoken of his reliefafter the animal was returned unharmed.

Frank Tett, 80, said Stephen the hedgehog was discovered still inside hiscarrier box by a couple walking their dog near a park in Leeds on Wednesday.

Mr Tett feared the animal would never be returned after it was taken along with his van from a market in Albion Street on Saturday morning.

But on Wednesday, his wife, Veronica, 78, received a phone call to say Stephen was alive and well.

Mr Tett said: "My wife answered the call and just burst into tears. We had both come to the realisation that he was probably dead.

"I just can't believe it. Miracles do happen. I think he had been watered andfed a bit because he was not starving when we collected him.