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E-fit issued as investigation continues in attempted dog theft in Dalton near Thirsk

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4:28pm 22nd December 2014

Police investigating an attempted dog theft in Dalton near Thirsk have issued an e-fit of one of the suspects.

Officers are appealing to anyone who recognises the man from the e-fit to contact them.

The incident was reported at around 12.50pm on Thursday 11 December 2014, the woman was walking near the Oaks in Dalton with her dog 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 he 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.

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 and depicted in the e-fit is described as aged in his mid 30s 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 who can identify the man is asked to contact  North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Northallerton CID or email

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. 


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