Surrey

Man held over micro-piglets theft from Surrey property

Stolen micro-piglets
Image caption The micro-piglets were stolen after they had been advertised for sale

A man has been arrested following the theft of nine micro-piglets, worth about £700 each, from a property in Surrey.

The animals were taken from an address in Capel between 27 and 28 March after the owner had advertised them for sale.

Four have since been recovered from properties in Shepperton and Virginia Water and reunited with their owner.

Surrey Police said a 48-year-old man from Egham had been arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods.

He has been released on bail until 19 April. A 17-year-old boy previously held on suspicion of burglary on 31 March has also been bailed.

'Much-loved animals'

Sgt Andy Rundle said: "It's fantastic news we have been able to successfully reunite a further two micro-piglets with their owner.

"These animals are much loved and the theft has really upset the owner and her family.

"I am appealing to the community to continue to be wary should they be offered a micro-piglet for sale at a cheap price and to contact us immediately if you believe you know the whereabouts of the remaining five animals."

They were taken between 1830 BST on Sunday 27 March and 0830 BST on Monday 28 March along with two other piglets, which have since been found.

The animals were stolen after the owner had advertised them for sale.

Three of the missing piglets are black and two are pink and black spotted.

They belong to Amanda Taylor, who has been breeding micro-piglets for two years.

She said their theft had left her children devastated.

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