Rabbit theft

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POLICE are searching for a pet thief who struck in Peebles, leaving a family distressed.

The culprit targeted a hutch in the Connor Street area of the Tweeddale town overnight on February 7 stealing an English breed of rabbit, which is described as white with brown flecks.

The spokesman said: “We are appealing for anyone with information in relation to this crime to contact us.”

The theft of pets is not uncommon across the UK, with a website designed to track down lost dogs claiming more of the animals were being stolen because of the economic climate.