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Tortoise family taken from garden

Stolen tortoises
Two of the adults tortoises that were stolen need medical attention

Thieves have stolen more than a dozen tortoises worth up to 4,000 from the back garden of a Hampshire house.

Pauline and David Bromly, who live in Orkney Road in Cosham, Portsmouth, noticed that their pets had been taken overnight on Sunday.

Mr and Mrs Bromly's daughter, Sarah, said her parents were "inconsolable".

Ms Bromly said: "[They] have had all of their 14 tortoises stolen from their back garden - six adults and eight babies, who they bred themselves."

She added: "They have had one of the males for 25 years.

"They are members of the Hampshire Tortoise Society and are inconsolable."

"[The tortoises] were my parents' pride and joy and they are deeply upset and also extremely concerned, particularly of their wellbeing because two of the adults need medical attention."

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