Police are appealing for information over the theft of a very young foal from a field in Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire on Thursday 18 June.

The distraught owners are desperate for its return as it is only two weeks old.

There were no signs of forced entry to its field nor tyre-marks but proximity to a wood meant thieves could have just lifted the foal over the fence.

Helen Evans of Thames Valley Horsewatch said: “The owners are very worried due to its age. It needs to be found as soon as possible.

“The colt is about 10hh, sandy coloured not quite palomino or dun, paler below, darker above, with four white socks and blue eyes. The dam is a Welsh section B.”

Ms Evans also reported some good news with the welcome and unexpected return of a horse stolen back in January this year.

She said: “A very distinctive black and white mare suddenly appeared outside her field this week, having been stolen three months ago along with a blue and white mare from a field in Denham, Buckinghamshire.

“The owners were thrilled. They can’t quite believe it.”

Ms Evans believes a highly vigorous publicity campaign involving leafleting and posters plus the very distinctive nature of the mare’s markings may have forced the thieves to return her. The blue and white mare is still missing.

If anyone has information about the missing foal please call Thames Valley Police on 08458 505505 quoting the crime reference GA3365153/09.

To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.