French Bulldog found in M5 service hedge after being ‘snatched’ during distraction theft

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A stolen pedigree dog has been reunited with its owner after a ‘disturbing’ ordeal that ended with police finding the dog stolen from a hedgerow by Strensham Services near Tewkesbury.

Luna, a grey-black French bulldog, was stolen by two men who approached her owner while out walking and distracted her with a conversation before running off with the family’s prized pet. woman. The theft took place in Malvern, Worcestershire, at 12:20 p.m. on March 3, on Elgar Avenue.

Following an ‘extensive’ search by West Mercia Police, Luna was returned to her owner after she was discovered a day later in a hedgerow at Strensham Services, 27km from where the crime took place .

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West Mercia Police Sergeant Brian Simpkins said: ‘As you can imagine it has been a very trying 24 hours for Luna’s owner after she was taken on a walk yesterday. We can’t thank the community enough for stepping up to help us locate Luna by helping us with our research and also supporting her owner.

“We are still appealing to the public to help us find the two men who distracted the owner before taking the dog. If you have any information, I urge you to contact us immediately – one of the men is described as wearing blue shorts and the other like wearing a white top and a baseball style cap.

Anyone who may have witnessed yesterday’s incident or has CCTV or dash cam footage please click here, quoting incident number 91i of March 4, 2022.

Alternatively, if you have information but don’t feel comfortable talking to the police, you can speak to the independent charity Crimestoppers. It’s 100% anonymous, they never ask for your name and they can’t trace your call or your IP address. You can contact them online or by calling 0800 555 111.

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