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Former BBC presenter issues heartbreaking plea after beloved dog stolen

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Rory Cellan-Jones, the former BBC technology correspondent, took to Twitter to reveal his dog, Cabbage, has been stolen. Mr Cellan-Jones said his pet was taken after his dog walker’s van was stolen.

He tweeted: “Something terrible has happened. Our dog walker’s van with our dog Cabbage in it has been stolen while he was picking up another pet.

“Please look out for a black Ford Transit reg AF20 XZD.

“Take a photo and DM me or just ring the police.”

In a later tweet, the former BBC presenter said the van was stolen at around 10.20am in East Acton Lane in London.

He shared a picture of Cabbage from their walk this morning before his beloved pet was stolen.

Mr Cellan-Jones also posted another tweet saying other dogs in Acton were also stolen as the van was taken.

A Met Police spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “Police were called to Erconwald Street, W12, at 10.11hrs on Friday, 12 November, to reports of a van stolen containing six dogs.

“Officers attended. There have been no arrests. Enquiries are ongoing.”

The former presenter often shares pictures of Cabbage on his social media account, and has circulated recent images in a bid to make her too hot to handle.

The beloved collie cross was a gift for his son over a decade ago, having rescued the ‘nervous young dog’ from a sanctuary, he told Friday Magazine.

He added: “Cabbage has the sweetest nature and has never given us any trouble.

“In general she combines the gentlest temperament with the characteristic collie intelligence.”

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In May this year, it was reported there have been 1,409 reported dog thefts across London since 2016.

According to data from the Metropolitan Police, Hillingdon is the borough where most pets are stolen.

There were 636 thefts in the borough since 2010 in the borough.

Croydon and Bromley also had high rates of pet thefts. Both boroughs have had 562 animals stolen over the past decade.

Enfield also has an issue with pet thefts. There have been 475 pets stolen in the same time period.

The data reveals dogs are the pet most likely to be stolen followed by birds.

After London, Leeds was the nation’s second dog theft hotspot, with 346 thefts in the last five years, followed by neighbouring Bradford (244), Sheffield (129) and Huddersfield (128).

In March, more than 80 animals were seized when Suffolk police raided a traveller’s site on the outskirts of Ipswich.

Detective Chief Inspector Nicola Wallace, senior investigating officer for the operation, said at the time: “We are keen to hear from anyone who believes any of the dogs in the images may be theirs.

“During the last few weeks officers have been liaising with other police forces around the country, as well as conducting a number of other inquiries, in order to establish where the dogs may have originated from.”

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