A stolen dog was returned to its delighted owner after a major search for a car.
The car, with cloned number plates, had been spotted in several police force areas when officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Police Unit were told to keep an eye open for it.
The officers, based in Luton, spotted the car after a search lasting several hours yesterday (Saturday, December 18).
It failed to stop and when it drove off, the occupants left the dog behind.
It was soon discovered that both the car and the dog had been stolen earlier in the day.
And the pet quickly enjoyed a reunion with its relieved owner.
The Road Policing Unit wrote on Twitter: “South RPU / Response, Luton. We spent a few hours looking for a cloned car that had failed to stop in a few forces.
“Vehicle located and failed to stop again. Vehicle decamped leaving a dog behind.