Two of four giant tortoises located

Two giant tortoises reported stolen from Kingston Maurward College have been located.

An appeal was issued after a total of four Sulcata tortoises were stolen from the college overnight between Wednesday 22 August and Thursday 23 August 2018.

Officers can now confirm that two of the tortoises – Blastoise and Jeffery – have been located in Lytchett Matravers.

The other two tortoises – Squirtle and Wartortle – are still unaccounted for. An investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made at this stage.

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

Police Constable Chris Stephens, of Dorchester police, said: “We would like to thank members of the public for their response to this appeal so far.

“Our enquiries are still ongoing to locate the other two tortoises and I would be grateful if anyone with information could contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55180136179. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.