A loved pet has hopped away, leaving an unhappy family behind it.

Dusty the rabbit escaped from her run on March 8 leaving a family searching for her.

Kerrie Painter, 44, of Fambridge Way, Maldon said: “I was in the garden on Saturday afternoon and I noticed she wasn’t in her run anymore.

Her three children, George, 15, Alexander, 13 and Eve, 11 spent the weekend searching for her.

Dusty is a black rabbit with speckles of colour, any information call the Standard on 01376 334 340.