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Attempted dog theft from vulnerable man in Sutterton sparks Lincolnshire Police appeal

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A vulnerable man was injured after fighting off robbers who tried to steal his dog.

The 63-year-old man suffered broken ribs, minor cuts and a black eye after resisting attempts of four men who tried to steal his dog in Sutterton yesterday morning (July 20).

He was approached by four men in a white van at the junction of Blows Lane and Wigtoft Road between 5am and 5.30am.

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One of the robbers hit the man with a weapon before leaving the scene empty-handed. All four were wearing high vis jackets.

Police are now appealing for witnesses and dashcam footage of the incident.

Det Sgt Simon Dovaston said: “This is a despicable offence against an elderly and vulnerable man as he fulfilled one of his pleasures in life.

“While these offences are rare, I urge the public to come forward if they were in the area at the time or have dashcam footage that may assist the investigation. Our neighbourhood policing team are going out to do further reassurance patrols and I would also urge the public to remain vigilant to this type of crime that is unfortunately taking place in our neighbourhoods.”

Anyone with information should contact police:

By calling 101, quoting incident 104 of 20th July 2021.

By emailing force.control@lincs.police.uk – don’t forget to include incident 104 of 20/07/2021 in the subject line.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can report via the independent charity CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111 or online.

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