Dog­nap­ping stopped Cou­ple make sure that pet is not snatched

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AMARRIED cou­ple stopped an at­tempted dog­nap­ping af­ter they wit­nessed two men with a van chas­ing a whip­pet down a lane.

Darl and Vic­to­ria Ham­lett were driv­ing home in sep­a­rate cars near Cirences­ter when they hap­pened across the in­ci­dent at 10.05am on Wed­nes­day, July 17.

Mrs Ham­lett was fol­low­ing be­hind on the Calms­den coun­try road, Dark Lane, and grew cu­ri­ous when she saw her hus­band’s car stop be­side a white tran­sit van that was parked in the road along with other cars that had stopped.

She then saw a small “ner­vous” whip­pet run­ning to­wards her, fol­lowed by two young men who she said were call­ing ‘c’mon Lucky!.’

Ac­cord­ing to Mrs Ham­lett, the whip­pet was a young bitch that had white fur with brown patches.

Mrs Ham­lett, 48, said: “The dog seemed re­ally wary of the two men. I know if I called my dogs, they would come to me. It looked very ner­vous. It was the way the men were march­ing down the road, not lis­ten­ing to any­body or ask­ing any­one for help get­ting the dog.”

The men had thick Liver­pudlian ac­cents, she said, were white, 6ft tall, of slim build and wear­ing dark clothes.

“She, the dog, was very ner­vous. She came to the door twice and put her paw in the door and I thought I was go­ing to be able to se­cure her,” added the care as­sis­tant.

Mrs Ham­lett went on to say that the men claimed that the bitch was theirs.

She went on to say that she could tell the whip­pet was wary as her “tail was clamped into its bot­tom and its ears were flat” - Mrs Ham­lett said she could pick up on the signs as she used to be a deputy man­ager Pets At Home.

As the men ap­proached her, she said: “I told them I didn’t be­lieve it was their dog and that I was go­ing to call the po­lice.

hone one of the guys who seemed more al­pha than the other one car­ried on af­ter the dog, but the other guy stopped and said ‘C’mon we’ve got to get to work leave it leave it, it’s not re­ally his dog. We were just mess­ing. C’mon we’ve got to go.’”

The two men then went back to their van, got in and drove past Mrs Ham­lett’s car. The dog had run off in the same di­rec­tion and the cou­ple said that it looked like the men were go­ing to run the dog over.

The 51-year-old whipped his phone out and started tak­ing pic­tures. The van then slammed on its breaks. Then men got out and ap­proached Mr Ham­lett.

Mr Ham­lett re­counts: “They asked to see my phone.”

The cou­ple saw the bitch run­ning to­wards a nearby house. Mrs Ham­let went to the house and in­formed the shocked res­i­dent about the sit­u­a­tion.

A Glouces­ter­shire Con­stab­u­lary spokesman said: “We re­ceived a re­port of an in­ci­dent in Calms­den near Cirences­ter at around 10.05am this morn­ing in which two men at­tempted to coax a whip­pet that didn’t be­long to them into a van.

“The men are de­scribed as white, 6ft tall, of slim build, wear­ing dark clothes and with thick Liver­pool ac­cents.

“The van was a white Tran­sit style model.

“The lo­cal polic­ing team have been made aware and any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call 101 and quote in­ci­dent 258 of July 17.

“We would like to thank the mem­bers of the pub­lic who re­ported this in­ci­dent and would ask any­one else who comes across sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity like this to con­tact us at the ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity.

Darl and Vic­to­ria Ham­lett saved a dog from be­ing kid­napped from two men with a van in Calms­den, Cirences­ter

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