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North Yorkshire on Alert After Attempted Dognapping

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5:20pm 11th December 2014

Detectives are appealing for information after two men tried to steal a dog from a woman in Dalton near Thirsk.

At around 12.50pm on Thursday 11 December 2014, the woman was walking near the Oaks in Dalton with her Westie cross when two men in a blue van pulled up.

The passenger got out of the van and told the woman to give them her dog. The man then tried to grab the dog which slipped its lead and ran off.

The woman kicked the man and sustained a cut to her wrist as the man tried to get hold of the dog’s lead. Thankfully, after the dog ran off, it was found safe in a field nearby and has been reunited with the victim.

Police are appealing to anyone who can help identify the men or witnessed the incident to contact them.

The van is described as blue, about the size of a post office van with very dirty rear doors and muddy wheels. 

The man who spoke to the woman is described as aged in his mid 30s with mousy brown hair and spoke with an Eastern European accent. He was wearing muddy lace-up boots, blue jeans and a blue parker style coat with fur around the hood.

The driver of the van had dark hair and a dark complexion.

Following the incident, the van drove off towards the Jolly Farmer pub.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Northallerton CID or email clarie.starkey@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please quote reference 12140213842 when passing on information about this crime.

ADVICE TO DOG OWNERS

Officers have issued the following advice to dog owners

Dog owners and breeders can take some precautionary measures which could help prevent them from becoming a victim including microchipping your dog, ensure it wears a collar and identification in public places, keep it on a lead, if your dog is neutered it will reduce the chances of theft for breeding, vary your walk times and routes and don’t let your dog go out of sight.

If you are a breeder, be careful who you invite into your home to view puppies for sale. Limit the numbers of visitors at a time and try to have another person with you when viewings take place. If dogs are kept outside, ensure the areas they are kept in a fully secured. Don’t leave a dog unattended in an unsecured garden or public place.

Detectives are appealing for information after two men tried to steal a dog from a woman in Dalton near Thirsk.

 

At around 12.50pm on Thursday 11 December 2014, the woman was walking near the Oaks in Dalton with her Westie cross when two men in a blue van pulled up.

 

The passenger got out of the van and told the woman to give them her dog. The man then tried to grab the dog which slipped its lead and ran off.

 

The woman kicked the man and sustained a cut to her wrist as the man tried to get hold of the dog’s lead. Thankfully, after the dog ran off, it was found safe in a field nearby and has been reunited with the victim.

 

Police are appealing to anyone who can help identify the men or witnessed the incident to contact them.

 

The van is described as blue, about the size of a post office van with very dirty rear doors and muddy wheels.  

 

The man who spoke to the woman is described as aged in his mid 30s with mousy brown hair and spoke with an Eastern European accent. He was wearing muddy lace-up boots, blue jeans and a blue parker style coat with fur around the hood.

 

The driver of the van had dark hair and a dark complexion.

 

Following the incident, the van drove off towards the Jolly Farmer pub.

 

Anyone with any information is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Northallerton CID or email clarie.starkey@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

 

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 

Please quote reference 12140213842 when passing on information about this crime. 

 

Officers have issued the following advice to dog owners

 

Dog owners and breeders can take some precautionary measures which could help prevent them from becoming a victim including microchipping your dog, ensure it wears a collar and identification in public places, keep it on a lead, if your dog is neutered it will reduce the chances of theft for breeding, vary your walk times and routes and don’t let your dog go out of sight.

 

If you are a breeder, be careful who you invite into your home to view puppies for sale. Limit the numbers of visitors at a time and try to have another person with you when viewings take place. If dogs are kept outside, ensure the areas they are kept in a fully secured. Don’t leave a dog unattended in an unsecured garden or public place.

 

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