Horse owners are being warned to be wary of buying tack from unknown sellers after a massive theft in Worcestershire recently.

Almost £100,000 of tack, including 90 brand new saddles, was taken from Horsatack Saddlery on Roman Way Retail Park, Droitwich, near Birmingham, between 6.10pm on Saturday 16 October and 9.05am on Sunday 17 October.

Richard Utting from Horsatack told H&H: “We sell a wide selection of equestrian goods but all that was taken was saddles and bridles.

“We were quite clearly targeted by professionals — they knew what they were taking and had planned it.

“They broke in through a wall and even got past the alarm system. It’s taken us eight days to restock but we’re back on track now.”

The saddlery has since upgraded all its security and alarm systems.

“We just want people to be wary if they are offered tack at a good price from an unknown seller,” Mr Utting added.

A police investigation is ongoing, but police said they haven’t seen a tack theft of this scale in the area before.

A spokesman added: “We would like to hear from anyone who is offered equipment from an unexpected source as well as anyone who saw anything suspicious at the premises between the given times.”

Anyone with information should contact West Mercia Police on: 0300 333 3000, quoting reference 202S/171010, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.