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Middlesbrough man's stolen owls returned after appeal

A Middlesbrough pensioner who had three owls stolen from his aviary has had two returned.

John Miller, 70, said he was devastated when he discovered the tawny owl and two barn owls had been taken.

But on Tuesday evening, some youths arrived at his door with one of the barn owls and the tawny owl.

They said they had bought one of the birds and found the other. Mr Miller is now appealing for help in tracing the remaining barn owl.

'Still down'

He said he wanted the other owl back as it was part of a breeding pair.

Mr Miller said the barn owl that had been returned was still "stressed out" because it had lost its partner.

He said: "I'm still down 'cos I haven't got them all back.

"I would just like them to inform me, whoever has got it, and to put it in a box, fetch it to my house and knock on the door. I would open the door, put it in and nowt would be said."

Cleveland Police, who are appealing for information, said a padlock was forced on an aviary at Mr Miller's home in College Road on Saturday night.

Mr Miller said he kept the owls as a hobby and was planning to breed the birds and then see if they could be prepared to be released into the wild.

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