A farmer from near Portsmouth is appealing for information about 12 Friesian heifers which appear to have been stolen from a field on Soberton Downs.

The Lillywhite family from Ashlands Farm, Southwick noticed on Monday 5 December that the animals were missing but thought they might have strayed.

They now believe the animals have been stolen. “We can’t see how they’ve gone otherwise,” said Mrs Lillywhite.

The animals are all freeze branded with the end digits of their eartag number.

The numbers are 255, 258, 260, 271, 272, 273, 283, 287, 290, 23 and 28.

If anyone has any information contact 01329 833709.