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Police appeal after giant tortoises stolen from college

The animals were taken from Kingston Maurward College, near Dorchester.

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Two of the four giant tortoises stolen from a Dorset college (Kingston Maurward College/PA)

Two of the four giant tortoises stolen from a Dorset college (Kingston Maurward College/PA)

Two of the four giant tortoises stolen from a Dorset college (Kingston Maurward College/PA)

Four giant tortoises have been stolen from a college.

Dorset Police are investigating the thefts at Kingston Maurward College, near Dorchester, which happened overnight on Thursday.

The thieves gained entry to a shed on the site and took four Sulcata tortoises – three female and one male.

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One of the giant tortoises stolen from the college(Kingston Maurward College/PA)

One of the giant tortoises stolen from the college(Kingston Maurward College/PA)

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One of the giant tortoises stolen from the college(Kingston Maurward College/PA)

The animals are called Squirtle, Wartortle, Blastoise, all aged 11, and 24-year-old Jeffery.

It is thought the thieves entered on foot from the rear entrance to the college and used wheelbarrows belonging to the establishment to transport the animals to a vehicle before driving off.

The tortoises are around 40cm to 50cm long and 30cm wide. They are all micro-chipped.

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One of the stolen tortoises (Kingston Maurward College/PA)

One of the stolen tortoises (Kingston Maurward College/PA)

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One of the stolen tortoises (Kingston Maurward College/PA)

Pc Chris Stephens, who is investigating the thefts, said: “I am appealing to anyone who witnessed anything suspicious overnight in the area to please come forward.

“If you have any information that could assist with the investigation or have seen tortoises for sale in suspicious circumstances, please contact Dorset Police urgently.

“We are desperate to reunite them with the college to ensure they are appropriately cared for.”

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