Meerkats missing amid van theft

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Several meerkats were part of the cargo of a stolen van Several meerkats were part of the cargo of a stolen van

A thief has stolen a van containing more than 30 animals including meerkats, reptiles and birds of prey.

West Midlands Police said the van was stolen from Bilston Street in Sedgley on Tuesday.

The van contained creatures including meerkats, falcons and reptiles.

A force spokeswoman said: "The theft of a van containing thousands of pounds' worth of animals and reptiles was reported to us at 7.55pm last night from outside St Andrew's church in Sedgley.

"We are investigating the incident."

The van, which is white with an orange light on top, is reported to belong to an organisation which provides natural history lectures at schools in the region.

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