Tropical fish worth £3,000 stolen to order, says breeder

PAINFUL: Don Walker had �3,000 of his rare fish stolen.
PAINFUL: Don Walker had �3,000 of his rare fish stolen.

A Great Waldingfield man who breeds rare fish has spoken of his anger after some of his collection – worth £3,000 – was stolen from his home.

Don Walker, 78, from Heath Way, discovered that nearly 100 of his fish, including 25 pairs of rare killifish, had been stolen from his garage after a break-in last Saturday morning.

The killifish, which sell for around £40 each, were taken just days after Mr Walker had bought a large quantity of them to fulfil a lifelong ambition.

“I’ve had killifish since I was about 15 years old,” he said. “My wife is unwell in hospital and it was a case of getting them now or never.

“It was my ambition to get lots of these fish over all these years and then they were gone – it was painful.”

Mr Walker, who has been married to Pamela for 55 years and moved to Great Waldingfield a year ago, said he is well-known and respected among fish breeders for his expertise on killifish, which are around two inches long.

“I think they were stolen to order – they knew what they were looking for,” he said, adding that the chances of the fish being returned were slim.

Anyone with information should call Pc Samuel Knibbs from Sudbury Police on 101 quoting crime reference number SU/13/1842.