Harold Hill family hunt for missing Flash the tortoise
PUBLISHED: 17:33 18 June 2015 | UPDATED: 17:33 18 June 2015
A family is on the hunt for its beloved tortoise after he made a speedy getaway from their garden.
Jill Lomas, of Harold Hill, said she is heartbroken that Flash has gone missing and is appealing for help in tracking him down.
She said: “We’re devastated that he’s gone.
“We’ve only had him for a little while and people might think because he’s not soft and fluffy like a dog or a cat that means we can’t care about him as much but we love him.”
Flash belonged to Jill’s neighbour for about 50 years but when she died at the age of 93 last month, Jill decided to take care of him.
She said: “My neighbour found Flash roughly the same time that we moved into this house – he has been in our lives for so long so it didn’t feel right for him to go live somewhere else.”
But a gap in the garden fence gave Flash an escape route last week and he has not been seen since.
Jill said: “My granddaughter Lucy took a real shine to him so Flash is her tortoise.
“She can’t believe he’s gone and is really upset by it all.
“We just want him home with us.”
Jill has put up posters and asked all of her neighbours if they know anything about Flash’s whereabouts but there is still no sign of him.
She said: “If someone does find him then we will be so grateful.
“He has a toe missing on one of his feet which makes him a little bit distinct from other tortoises.
“We are willing to give a reward to the person who does return him to us.
“He has been part of our lives for so long and to lose both our neighbour and Flash would be horrible.
“It would mean so much if he was here, where he belongs.”
If you find Flash, you can take him to the RSPCA in Chippenham Road, Harold Hill, or call Jill on 07922 541378.