PEOPLE are being asked to keep an eye out for a small Shetland pony that was stolen in the forest.

A reward of up to £1,000 is being offered for any information leading to the successful conviction of the thieves.

On Wednesday, April 30, at just after 3pm, two men were seen bundling a small Shetland pony into a maroon-coloured Ford Transit type van, parked on the verge of the Lymington to Beaulieu Road, (B3054) between Bull Hill and Norley Wood crossroads.

The pony is a blue (light grey) and white mare, branded 90.

Anyone with information should contact the police on 101, quoting incident number 771, or the Verderers’ office on 023 8028 2052.

Calls will be treated in strict confidence.