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Farm pleads for safe return of 11 piglets after they go missing

A farm in London has pleaded for the safe return of 11 piglets after they were snatched on Friday.

Staff at Surrey Docks Farm in Rotherhithe, south east London, have issued a desperate plea for the baby pigs, who are only two-weeks-old.

They were snatched from their two sows overnight on Friday, and may not survive more than 24-hours without feeding from their mothers.

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Staff at Surrey Docks Farm in Rotherhithe, south east London, have issued a desperate plea for the baby pigs, who are only two-weeks-old (Picture: @surreydocksfarm/Twitter)

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They are not expected to survive more than 24 hours without their mothers (Picture: @surreydocksfarm/Twitter)

The 11 piglets make up half of the litters born to females Winnie and Marmalade.

They were last seen when farm manager Gemma Hooper, 33, locked up at 7pm on Friday, but were gone when it reopened at 8am the next morning.

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Gemma told The Independent: ‘I’m devastated. We are a community farm that aims to educate city people about livestock and farming practices.

‘The piglets have been such a popular attraction for our visitors, and our team of volunteers, trainees and youth clubs have all loved watching them grow and develop.

‘We’re shocked that anyone could do this and are so worried about the piglets.’

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Staff said that whoever took them did not leave a mess and shit all the gates behind the (Picture: @surreydocksfarm/Twitter)

Staff also said that whoever took them did not leave a mess and shut all the gates behind them.

The thieves also avoided all CCTV and main routes.

The Metropolitan Police have been notified and are continuing with enquiries.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the farm at manager@surreydocksfarm.org.uk or police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting crime reference 3153/15SEP18



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