St Leonards family devastated after tortoise theft

The Corke's family pets went missing sometime between Wednesday morning and Thursday night.
The Corke's family pets went missing sometime between Wednesday morning and Thursday night.

A St Leonards family are devastated after their two pet tortoises were stolen from their back garden while they were on holiday.

Michelle and Steve Corke, of Normandy Road, and their two children returned on Friday morning (August 21) to an empty enclosure.

Steve’s mother had been feeding the Hermans tortoises while the family were away and had last seen them on Wednesday morning.

The family are offering a £300 reward for any information which leads to their safe return.

“It’s devastating and absolutely unbelievable,” Michelle said.

“We’ve contacted rescue centres and vets. We’re doing everything we can to find out if anyone knows anything but I haven’t got my hopes up.”

Michelle believes they were taken sometime between Wednesday morning and Thursday night.

The enclosure is not visible from the road and whoever did it left the pen back how it should be after removing the tortoises.

The family have had the tortoises since birth 15 years ago.

Call Michelle on 01424 441346 or 07854830888 with information.

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