Pensioner David Clwyd Davies, known as the “horse hoarder” after appearing in a Channel 4 television documentary earlier this year, has gone missing.

North Wales police are appealing for information from anyone who has seen the 69-year-old, who went missing on Saturday afternoon (6 April).

Mr Davies was banned from keeping horses for five years last Friday (5 April), after admitting neglect in Wrexham Magistrates’ Court.

The RSPCA is due to remove 22 horses belonging to Mr Davies from land in Acrefair, near Wrexham.

Six horses had already been removed by the welfare charity.

Mr Davies was also ordered to pay £100 towards costs of the court case and do 100 hours community service.

RSPCA inspector Kia Williams said the result was “a message to owners throughout the country that they must take responsibility for their own horses.”

She added that numbers should be kept down to a level where the animals could be properly cared for.

Mr Davies had previously kept over 40 horses, including colts, before a neighbour helped him to rehome around half of them.

North Wales police said that Mr Davies had been reported missing by “a concerned neighbour”.

“Mr Davies was due to meet up with a neighbour last Saturday and he failed to keep that appointment,” said inspector Alan Hughes of Wrexham Police.

“He hasn’t been seen since and this is out of character.

“We are concerned and are appealing for any person who has seen Mr Davies, or knows of his whereabouts, to contact the police.”

Mr Davies is described as 5’ 11”, tall, with a heavy build and thick beard. He usually wears jeans, a fleece top and woolly hat.

Anyone with information should contact North Wales police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.