DETECTIVES investigating the theft and torture of a family’s rabbit have made a sixth arrest.
White lionhead rabbit Percy, who had just given birth to a litter, was taken from her hutch in Embleton Mews, Dawdon, between Friday night and Saturday morning.
A video was uploaded to the social network Instagram for a short time and is said to have shown three men in a bath with the pet, threatening to cut its fur and trying to shave its coat with a razor.
It was initially believed from a description of the footage the animal had been torched before being thrown from a window and killed, but police have now confirmed Percy was not set alight.
Officers have seized a number of mobile phones which are being sent away for analysis.
They have made a sixth arrest as part of their inquiry.
The 19-year-old from Seaham was released on bail pending further inquiries after being arrested on suspicion of theft and criminal damage.
The others, two youths aged 16 and 17, and men aged 19, 20, and 21, have also been bailed to the same date on suspicion of the same offences.
One of the five babies born to Percy and Ken, the other rabbit belonging to the family, has died, despite their best efforts to feed it following the death of their mother.
Anthony and Rebecca Atkinson, their son Brynn, four, and Rebecca’s children Aaron Lennox, 10, and Jessica Lennox, 14, have been left devastated by the ordeal.
Anyone with information is asked to ring Durham Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.