Owner foils ‘dognapping’ bid by Gosport van gang

POLICE are appealing for witnesses – or anyone with information – to come forward after a pet owner foiled an attempted ‘dognapping’ in Gosport

According to Hampshire Constabulary, at some time between 1pm and 2.30pm on Thursday, July 29, the intended robbery victim was walking a dog along the alleyway behind Sedgley Grove.

A van, which had entered the alleyway from Chantry Road, pulled up alongside him. Two men jumped out of the rear of the vehicle.

One of the men then pointed a knife at the victim, making threats and demanding he hand the dog over.

Swinging

The owner took one of  two dog leads off his pet, and began swinging it around at the men until it hit the one with the knife, making him drop the weapon.

The other man then picked up the knife and they both ran back to the van which sped off in the direction of Rydal Road.

The man with the knife is described as Asian, aged 25 to 35, with short dark hair and wearing a dark coloured tracksuit.

The other man is described as Asian, with short dark hair, wearing a dark coloured tracksuit and Adidas trainers.

The driver of the van – a new-style white transit – is also described as being Asian.

Anyone with information about this incident should call police on 101 quoting 44210301067.