Police in Devon have warned the public about possible dog thieves in the Dawlish area.
Teignmouth and Dawlish neighbourhood police posted the warning on Facebook today after a reports women being followed whilst walking their dogs.
There were 2 reports on 16th February, both involved a white van.
A spokesperson for Teignmouth and Dawlish neighbourhood police wrote:
“On 16th February at around 12:30 hours a local woman walking her 2 King Charles Cavaliers close to the Newlands area in Elm Grove Road in Dawlish reported that she was followed by 2 males in large white van. The van has then stopped and 1 of the males has got out and tried to grab the dog lead she was holding. He was described as in his 30’s, clean shaven, short dark hair, wearing blue jeans and bright blue hoody and spoke with a foreign accent. The caller believes this male was trying to snatch her dogs.
“Another resident reports she was walking her dog on 16th February at 13:30 hours along Old Town Street in Dawlish when she noticed she was being followed by a white van, descriptions given are similar.
“Please pass this info on to other dog owners and be vigilant. Should you experience a similar incident please make a note of the registration plate and descriptions of those involved and call 101 non emergency or 999 emergency if immediate action is needed. Log 282 16/02/16 refers,”