Mini ponies on the run from thieves wander along A127

Three miniature ponies escaped from would-be thieves by cantering along the A127.

Cookie, Tinkerbell and Pebbles went walkabout until they were eventually found roaming in a Brentwood country park.

The miniature Shetland ponies disappeared on Monday from Donna’s Farmyard, in St Mary’s Lane, West Horndon.

Owner Donna Burnett, 26, was alerted when a friend said he had seen the horses cantering along the A127 at about 10am.

She believes they were about to be loaded into a white transit van when they escaped their captors.

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Donna said: “I think they were at risk because Cookie is a lemon and white pony, which is quite a rare colour. Horses aren’t making money, but mini Shetlands do towards the summer because kids ride them.”

Donna sought help at a nearby industrial estate to ask if anyone had seen the animals and left her contact number.

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She got an anonymous phone call telling her two men had been seen trying to load the ponies into a van.

Donna wrote about the incident on Facebook and a friend posted an image of the ponies trotting along the A127, asking: “Are these your horses, hun?”

Donna eventually found the ponies in Thorndon Country Park, on Tuesday.

She said: “We are really happy we have got them back and that they are unharmed.”

Insp Neil Barrett, from Grays Police, said: “We’re keen to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time who may have seen this van or know who is responsible.”

n Anyone with information should call 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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