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Melon-eating 70-year-old runs off
A woman is appealing for help in finding a septuagenarian tortoise called Cedric which has disappeared.

Kathy Singleton of Borrowash, Derbyshire, is afraid the pampered pet will not survive on his own.

Cedric loves red peppers, strawberries, melon and sugar-snap peas. He is described as fast-moving and agile and attacks drainpipes and lawnmowers.

He arrived in the UK after World War II with Mrs Singleton's uncle, and has lived with her for the past 20 years.

Cedric, who is 8-9 ins (20-23 cm) in diameter, had a splash on red-brown fence paint on him when he was last seen.

Mrs Singleton said Cedric may be hiding under a bush if the weather is cool, but can move quite fast in hot weather.

"He can climb steps and is much more agile than people think.

"We are desperate to get him back - he has never got out of the garden before.

"He will attack drain pipes and lawn mowers - he loves hitting things so if he is in your garden you would know about it," she said.

BBC Radio Derby's Chris Baird
"He can move quite fast"

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