Warning after attempted dog robberies in Bottesford

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There have been two attempts to steal dogs in Bottesford over the past few days.

The first incident occurred on Thursday, December 11, at around 3pm. A dog walker was out walking their labrador, red Norfolk terrier, and bassett hound cross Yorkshire terrier.

As the dog walker walked along the path which runs from Easthorpe to Belvior Road, near Bottesford village hall, they were approached by two Asian males.

The first male is described as Asian and around 20 years of age, slim build, around 5”8– 5”9– in height, wearing a dark coloured hoody with the hood up and wearing gloves.

The second male was described as Asian and was wearing a dark coloured top and black gloves.

Male two grabbed her from behind. Male one then tried to take her dogs, but the victim pulled them away fighting back.

It is believed male one pulled what the victim believes to be a knife on her, putting it up to her face. The dog walker cried out and the males ran off in the direction of the High Street.

Another incident was reported on Monday, December 15 at about 7am. The second victim was out walking their dog, a Lakeland cross jack russell.

The dog walker was on the field at the back of Bottesford village hall when someone grabbed them from behind.

A second male grabbed the lead from the victim’s hand and got the dog away from the victim, who was still being held by the first male.

However the dog went to attack the male that had hold of him, and at this point he dropped the lead and the two men ran off down the path across the field towards the village hall.

The description of the attackers is that both had woolly hats on, were wearing dark clothing and were both approximately 5’9” to 5’10”, medium build, and dark skinned.

No vehicles have been seen during either incident.

In light of these attempted thefts, police are advising dog walkers to walk in well lit areas and in pairs. Do not walk your dogs alone in isolated areas.

If you have any information call the force control room on 101.