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Anguish as prized koi stolen

Peter and Elaine Jenkins who had �1,800 of Koi Carp stolen

Peter and Elaine Jenkins who had �1,800 of Koi Carp stolen

  • by Clayton Short
 

Fish valued at almost two thousand pounds have been stolen from a garden pond in St Annes.

Peter Jenkins and his partner Elaine Whittle discovered the fish were missing from a pond in their front garden in Albert Road on Monday morning.

The fish, including 14 koi carp worth more than £100 each, were valued by the police at an estimated £1,800.

The theft is believed to have taken place between 5.30pm on Saturday and 9am on Monday.

Miss Whittle said: “It’s just despicable what some people do.

“They took all the koi carps. They obviously knew the value of the fish.

“We can’t afford to replace them. We’re struggling to make ends meet as it is, just before Christmas.”

The fish were a popular attraction among neighbouring residents.

Miss Whittle added: “Everyone is so upset. Especially the children and the older people who used to come by and feed the fish.

“Peter is very angry, I’m just upset. I just hope whoever has stolen the fish looks after them.”

Despite the cost of the stolen fish, police have told the couple that finding the fish is highly unlikely.

“Even if they were found, how could we prove they were ours?” added Miss Whittle.

The couple have now erected a sign appealing for anyone with information to contact police.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “We would appeal to anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area or to anyone who has any other information that might help us to trace the people responsible to call us on 101.”

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