'Men DID steal my dog' claims Potters Bar resident

PUBLISHED: 16:39 27 July 2012

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A PARK in Potters Bar has recently been the site of alleged dog thefts, and some residents have slammed the police for not doing enough.

Last month the Potters Bar Edition reported how concerned residents had started putting up posters in Parkfield warning dog walkers of reports concerning men stealing people’s pets.

Despite the rumours, both the police and Hertsmere Borough Council’s dog warden insisted they hadn’t had any reports of dogs being stolen at the site or calls from any residents concerning the matter.

However, since our story broke one Potters Bar resident claimed she DID call the police after having her dog snatched.

The resident, who wished to remain unnamed, contacted the Potters Bar Edition and said: “The report about men attempting to steal dogs in Parkfield was true, it happened to me.

“Two men snatched my dog and it was only the fact that I ran after them that my dog managed to get out of their hands and run back to me.

“I contacted the police about it on June 4, so I don’t know why they are saying nothing has been reported.

“They should really be trying harder and warning people about it to prevent it happening in future.”

Potters Bar resident Valerie Norris also got in touch with us to say: “I was in the park this week and was told by a fellow dog walker that four dogs were taken and each time the thieves asked for ransom money.

“As far as I know the dogs were returned to their owners after payment was made.

“The police were informed at the time but they did not seem to want to do anything about it.”

The Potters Bar Edition has contacted the police again, but a spokesman maintained their stance when the initial story was published that no reports have been made.

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