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Children distraught after 10-day-old donkey foal ‘Jessica’ stolen from field in Newry

Missing donkey

A family have been left distraught after the theft of a 10-day-old donkey foal in Newry on Monday night.

Jessica the foal was stolen from a field on the Rathfriland Road.

Its mum Martha has now been left without its foal and their owners, eight-year-old Harry Martin and his little sister Daisy (4) have been left deeply upset.

The children’s mum, Amanda, speaking to Belfast Live said: “We’re all so shocked and very upset. Jessica was only born 10 days before she was taken from our field.

“We have searched every inch of our farm which is all enclosed and she’s not here. Her mother is in a terrible state, running in circles and baying in distress. So we’re worried for her health because she is so distressed and has so much milk and it’ll make her sick if she can’t nurse her baby.

“The police have enough evidence to confirm she has been stolen and we are offering a reward for her safe return.”

The PSNI’s Sergeant Willis said: “The foal is just 10 days old and needs support from its mother.”

“I am urging anyone with any information which may assist with our enquiries to contact police in Newry on 101 quoting reference 2040 of 19/05/20.”

Information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

Elsewhere in Newry, Police are appealing for information in regards to a fire that took place between 0100 and 0115 this morning. Two bins were set on fire in the garden at back of the property at Canal Street, Newry.

If you have any information please call 101 reference 100 21/5/20.

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