A nine-year-old boy suffering from leukaemia is looking forward to being reunited with his pet miniature ponies that disappeared just before Christmas.

The two ponies, and two others grazing with them, went missing while Izaak Nunney, of Bradford, was receiving treatment in hospital.

His family feared they had been stolen as a Christmas present and reported their disappearance to the police.

But now the ponies have been found, grazing in the garden of a home five miles away.

Izaak’s step-father John Wilcock said: “We were so relieved. Izaak has not seen them yet because he’s been back in hospital but we are hoping he will be out by the end of the week.”

The ponies were given to Izaak by his grandmother when he was diagnosed with leukaemia in August and are kept at a local farm.