A stolen Shetland pony has been reunited with her owner, eight months after being taken from a field in the Castle Combe area.

Sixteen year old pony, Maisey, was stolen in July last year.

Her worried owner appealed for her safe return but despite enquiries and police investigating a number of possible sightings across the country, Maisy remained missing.

This week, Avon and Somerset Police received a call from a concerned member of the public regarding a group of horses seen near to the M5 in the Avonmouth area.

Police and RSPCA officers visited the site and found a Shetland pony in poor health. She was taken to Horseworld in Bristol where she was identified as Maisey - the stolen pony.

Today, PC Jess Swanborough from Chippenham Neighbourhood Policing Team was with Maisey as she was returned to her delighted owner.

PC Swanborough said: “It was so lovely to see Maisey come home and her owner was absolutely delighted to have her back safely. “We are extremely grateful to the member of the public who reported their concerns to Avon and Somerset police. We are so pleased this case has had a happy ending - it shows the importance of chipping your animals so if anything like this does happen, the chances of the animal being located and returned safely are much greater.”