A pony stolen from a Wiltshire field months ago has been found and reunited with its owner.

Someone took 16-year-old Maisey from the Castle Combe area between July 11 and 12, 2023.

Her owner appealed for the miniature Shetland’s safe return but many weeks passed without any sightings.

Earlier this week, Avon and Somerset Police received a call from a concerned member of the public regarding a group of horses near to the M5 in the Avonmouth area.

Officers attended along with the RSPCA and found a Shetland pony who appeared to be in poor health, then took the animal to Horseworld in Bristol, where she was identified as stolen Maisey.

On Wednesday, police reunited with her delighted owner.

PC Jess Swanborough from Chippenham Neighbourhood Policing Team observed the big moment.

She said: “It was so lovely to see Maisey come home, and her owner was absolutely delighted to have her back safely.

“We are extremely grateful to the member of the public who reported their concerns to Avon and Somerset police.

“We are so pleased this case has had a happy ending - it shows the importance of chipping your animals so, if anything like this does happen, the chances of the animal being located and returned safely are much greater.”