Heartless thieves have stolen an ATV vehicle and trailer from an ILPH recovery and rehabilitation centre in Lancashire.

Penny Farm is one of six ILPH centres in the UK dedicated to providing care and treatment for abused and neglected horses.

The centre, which is situated just of the A583 at Peel, was open to the publicover the Easter bank holiday weekend and staff believe that the thieves hid among the weekend’s visitors.

The items, which were stolen from a locked shed, were taken sometime between Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

The ATV was a red Honda quad bike, chassis number 478TE25UX1A150689, engine number TE25E-80578789. Also taken was a sheep trailer belonging to the RSPCA.

Police are investigating the theft, which was among a number of similar crimes reported in the area overthe Easter weekend.

Lynda Freebury, spokesperson for the ILPH said: “It’s devastating to think that these people can steal from a charity and, although the equipment was insured, it will not cover the replacement costs.”

About the ILPH

The International League for the Protection of Horses was founded in 1927 by Miss Ada Cole. It has grown to become the world’s leading international equine welfare charity and is the official welfare arm of the FEI. Milestones

Fifteen full time ILPH field officers, mostly ex-mounted policemen, investigate cases of cruelty and neglect, inspect markets and ports and also check the horses on the ILPH’s horse loan scheme. Nearly 1,700 rehabilitated horses and ponies are currently in approved homes.

For more information on the ILPH click here to visit their website.