A horse charity has re-issued an appeal for information after a pony was stolen from its premises exactly a year ago today.

During the evening of Sunday, 15 October 2017, Smartie was snatched from the Essex Horse and Pony Protection Society.

The perpetrator cut through the recently installed fencing on the perimeter of Pitsea Hall Lane causing criminal damage.

The charity has issued another appeal for information about the theft of the pony, which is described as a white and black - known as piebald - cob.

A post from the sanctuary reads: "Two people have reported seeing the white pickup and red trailer between 6pm and 7pm on Sunday.

"This little yearling was severely neglected when we took him in and had an infection which had been left untreated.

"He has now known kindness and has tasted a proper life.

"It was a year ago that Smartie was stolen from the sanctuary and still we have no news as to where he is."

Anyone with information should call police on 101.