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Santa's grotto raided by thieves
These two marmots were part of the thieves haul
Thieves have stolen fluffy bears, puppies, foxes and kittens during a raid on a Santa's grotto.

Managers at Dobbies Garden World in Lasswade, Midlothian, said that the animated animals, worth 6,500, were stolen on Sunday night.

It is understood that the intruders got into the complex by climbing a 2.5 metre high security fence.

Staff at the centre had created an animated winter wonderland with the life sized moving figures.

Pound signs

Jonathan Sykes, general manager at Dobbies Garden World, said: "The callous thieves obviously knew what they were doing and had visited our Winter Wonderland to plan their night-time visit.

"We're amazed they managed to get the animations over the metal and wire topped security fencing as they are large and extremely heavy.

"It really has stolen some of the magic from Christmas. The moving animated furry animals have given little ones so much pleasure so far, it's just a shame thieves could only see pound signs."

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