Police investigate report of attempted dog theft in Derbyshire nature reserve

Police are investigating the report of an attempted dog theft in Derbyshire.

Thursday, 6th May 2021, 7:25 pm

The incident took place in Stanley Common, near Ilkeston, between 2pm and 2:10pm on May 3.

Derbyshire Constabulary say a man was reportedly walking his dog in Bluebell Woods when he was approached by another man who appeared to reach out to stroke the pet.

The dog’s owner then noticed the man was trying to attach what he thought to be a lead.

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Police are investigating reports of an attempted dog theft in Derbyshire
Police are investigating reports of an attempted dog theft in Derbyshire

Concerned by this, the owner pulled his dog back but it is thought the dog has bitten the man’s arm.

The man then allegedly shook the dog off before running towards Morley Hayes Golf Club.

He is described as wearing a grey tracksuit and a black face covering.

It is thought he had been carrying a black leather lead and may have suffered an arm injury.

Anyone with information should contact police quoting reference 21*244077 and the name of the officer in the case, PC Andrea Blanche, in any correspondence.

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