Couple quick to shell out tortoise gift to Trowbridge nature centre
10:00am Saturday 5th October 2013 in Latest News
A Shaw couple have donated two tortoises to a Southwick wildlife centre after another was stolen from the charity last month.
George and Sue Moffet read in the Wiltshire Times that thieves took four-year-old Pepper from Hope Nature Centre, in Frome Road, on September 11.
The Moffets believe that the charity, which provides work for young people with learning difficulties, is the right home for Dave and Henry, both eight years old.
Mrs Moffet said: “They were given to my husband a few years back as a gift but he works away a lot as an engineer and we felt they’d get much more attention if they were there.”
The new additions will join the centre’s fellow tortoises, four-year-old Salt and Freda, 73. Tom James, Hope Nature Centre chairman, was delighted to welcome Dave and Henry to the 15-acre animal park when they were dropped off on Wednesday.
The centre also has ponies, rabbits, goats, donkeys and other animals.
Former Trowbridge mayor Mr James said: “We were very upset when Pepper was taken. But these lovely people came to vet the place after reading the story and instantly fell in love with it. We are very grateful to them.”
When Pepper was stolen, the perpetrators used bolt cutters to get through the perimeter fence at the park and also made off with around £1,500 worth of tools.
Anyone with information can call Wiltshire Police on 101.
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