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Otter could be to blame for koi carp and goldfish stolen from pond in Oakham

When 17 koi carp and goldfish disappeared from a garden pond, owner Elaine Barton was scratching her head over the culprit.

But rather than being a hungry heron, evidence left around the empty pool seems to be pointing towards a family of otters.

Elaine, 57, who has had a pond at her home in Redwing Close, Oakham, for about six years said: “I noticed some of the fish had disappeared a couple of weeks ago, and when I fed them at the weekend and none of the food was eaten, I realised they were all gone.

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