POLICE in Herefordshire have launched an investigation after a spate of attempted dog and pony thefts.

People living in Hay-on-Wye and surrounding areas have reported two men of around five foot and 10 inches with an Irish accent in a white Ford Transit van demanding dogs from walkers.

George Keylock said he recently heard about a person locally who had two men approach them late at night trying take his dog.

Shaun Smith said his wife caught two white men of the same description, trying to take his two ponies on November 8 between 11am and midday in Green Crize, Hereford.


Another incident that was shared on social media took place on the evening of November 6 when a dog owner in Clyro.

All incidents had been reported to the police.

A spokesperson for West Mercia Police said at around 11.30am on Tuesday, November 8, officers received a report of two ponies being stolen from Green Crize Farm, Herefordshire.

Enquiries are ongoing, said the spokesperson.

A spokesperson for Dyfed-Powys Police said officers are investigating a possible attempt theft of a dog in the Clyro area following a call from a concerned owner.

“While walking their dog at about 11.10pm, Sunday, November 6, the owner was approached by two men who threatened to steal the dog.


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“Safeguarding advice was provided to the owner.”

Dog walkers are advised to use well-known paths where there are likely to be other people around, to carry a mobile phone, to remain vigilant and don’t do anything that would risk their own personal safety, said the spokesperson.

People are asked to report any suspicious activity to police.

Enquiries are being progressed and police are appealing for anyone with information that could help the investigation to come forward.

Police can be contacted either online here, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.