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Tortoise theft

PUBLISHED: 16:23 29 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:47 16 August 2010

A FARMWORKER is absolutely devastated after callous thieves stole his beloved tortoise which he has owned for ten years. Mat Eastwood, 42, was horrified to find that his female Greek tortoise, Iris, had vanished from her pen on Bullen Farm in East Peck

A FARMWORKER is "absolutely devastated" after callous thieves stole his beloved tortoise which he has owned for ten years.

Mat Eastwood, 42, was horrified to find that his female Greek tortoise, Iris, had vanished from her pen on Bullen Farm in East Peckham, Tonbridge, on October 12.

He is appealing to anyone who has been offered Iris to come forward so he can be reunited with her.

He said: "I'm absolutely devastated, more than I thought I would be.

"I'm dreading what has happened to her. I know that she went missing on the afternoon of October 12.

"I had let the grass grow long in her pen so that she could rest in there and when I discovered she was missing, there were four big footprints in the grass."

Greek tortoises have a far less varied diet than African ones so it is vital that Iris is returned to Mr Eastwood who knows how to look after her.

Anyone with information should contact Kate Nelson at the Bromley Times on 0208 269 7013 or katherine.nelson@archant.co.uk.

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