Kent

Snakes stolen in Sheerness shed break-in

Snakes believed to be worth £20,000 have been stolen after a shed was broken into at a property in Kent.

The 29 royal python snakes, said to have significant sentimental value, were stolen from St George's Avenue, Sheerness, on Friday night.

Kent Police said the snakes could come to harm if they were not cared for properly.

"We suspect that the person who has these snakes will try to sell them on," said Det Con Andrew Payne.

"I would appeal to anyone who is offered a snake for sale to contact us."

Royal pythons, which have brown and black markings, grow to an average length of 4ft to 5ft (1.2m to 1.5m) and need feeding every five to 14 days depending on their age.

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