Leicester: Man hurt after man and woman attempted to steal four dogs #PetAbduction #PetTheftReform


Leicestershire Police appeal for information.

Detectives are continuing to investigate an attempted robbery that occurred in Castle Hill Country Park on Friday morning (12 April).

An appeal is being made for anyone with information about the incident to come forward.

At 9.30am it was reported that a man in his 70s had been approached by another man while walking four dogs – one of which was on a lead. While the other three were off the lead. The suspect attempted to grab the lead and hit the man on the head with a baseball bat. He also slashed the victim’s face and arm with a bladed weapon.

A woman who was with the suspect did not get involved in the incident.

The man and woman left the area without taking any of the dogs. Officers attended but neither were not located. The victim was taken to hospital to be treated for his injuries.

The man is believed to be around 30 years old and is white, 5ft 6ins tall and is of a stocky build. He was clean shaven with short black hair. He had a tattoo sleeve on his left arm and was wearing a blue coat. It is not believed he spoke English as his first language.

The woman is believed to be of a similar age, is also white, around 5ft tall and of a slim build. She has blonde hair and was wearing a flowery playsuit and black Dr Marten boots.

Detective Constable Tamsin Ball, the investigating officer, said: “I’d like to speak to anyone who was in the area on Friday morning and saw people matching these descriptions. Anything you can tell us or any images or footage you may have taken could help.”

You can pass on information by visiting https://www.leics.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/ and quoting CRM reference 24*213154.

East Midlands Dog Rescue said the injured man was one of its volunteers, who was walking his four “little terriers”, all of which were rescue dogs.

The animal charity said he “miraculously” held onto their leads as he refused to let go of them. 

They urged other dog walkers to be vigilant.

#PetAbduction #PetTheftReform


BBC Report: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-68806174.amp