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Monkeys stolen from Wildlife Park

Police are appealing for witnesses after two monkeys were stolen from Cotswold Wildlife Park, near Burford.

Between 5.30pm on 10th November and 7am on 11th November, the squirrel monkey enclosure was broken into and two females stolen.

PC Simon Towers, Thames Valley Police Wildlife Officer, said: “This is a highly unusual crime: there has not been a similar theft of a monkey nationally since 2006.

“We are very concerned about their welfare – they have a highly specialised diet and would be severely traumatised by the experience so we need to recover them as soon as possible.

“If anyone saw any suspicious vehicles or people in the vicinity of the park, which is accessed from the A361 south of Burford, then please let us know.

“I would also like to advise the public that while they might be cute-looking animals, they are wild, may be frightened and could easily bite someone. If you do see them, do not attempt to approach them but contact the police immediately or the park directly on 01993 823 006.”

PC Towers can be contacted via the Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505.

If you don’t want to talk to police and don’t want to leave your name, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Posted : 12/11/2008 10:14:34

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