Published: 06:01, 31 December 2019
Property tycoon Fergus Wilson has stepped in to help a little girl who used all her savings to get her pony back.
Thieves broke into a stables in Riverhill and in the course of the break-in eight-year-old Sahara Treeby's pony Poppy and her mum's horse Bumble were allowed to escape.
Police found them running loose in the road and - not knowing where they had come from - placed them in a "green-yard."
When Sahara's mum, Angela Gibson, tracked them down, she was told there would be a £150 recovery fee to get the animals back - money she did not have readily to hand just before Christmas.
At that point, Sahara ran upstairs to empty her piggy-bank to help pay the fee.
Mr Wilson said: "I have also suffered in the past from people letting horses out onto the roads and also letting sheep out."
He said: "When I was a teacher in Park Wood in Maidstone, I found that little girls were often horse mad.
"I can understand how upset this girl must have been to lose her pony and it would be a great shame if she lost her savings too."
Mr Wilson has sent the family a cheque to cover the police recovery fee.
Mrs Gibson said: "We're very grateful. Sahara is delighted and is writing him a thank-you note now."