Dognappers strike again in St Mary Cray

PUBLISHED: 11:23 02 December 2010

Magda Williams with her dog Biscuit

Magda Williams with her dog Biscuit


A woman who lives on her own says thieves who took her dog have left her feeling devastated and vulnerable.

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Magda Williams, 62, has been searching frantically for her best friend, Biscuit, a three-year-old Springer Spaniel since dognappers broke into her house in St Mary Cray.

She now fears for the dog’s safety as he has long ears that easily become inflamed and infected and was due to visit the vet the day before he disappeared.

Ms Williams said: “Since he has gone I have felt vulnerable and terribly lonely.

“Now my son has left home I have lived alone and so I got Biscuit for company. When I realised he had gone I was devastated and couldn’t stop crying”

Burglars broke through a window in a the house some time between the dog’s walker dropped him off and Ms Williams returning home.

In what seemed to be a targeted theft the dog, who is a thoroughbred, was taken as the dognappers left behind a valuable computer.

The theft of Biscuit is the latest in a series of animal thefts in Bromley borough and nearby. Earlier this month Billy Jeeves, 20 of Morton Close Orpington was sentenced to a four month curfew and community service for the theft of Shih-tzu puppies in Dartford and homes and a farm in Biggin Hill have been subject to a string of tortoise thefts.

Ms Williams, meanwhile, has put up scores of posters around St Mary Cray village and train stations and is appealing for help from he neighbours.

She added: “I heard that he was sold on in a pub the same night as he was taken, and others have told me that the dogs are sold on and on in this way - so by now he could be anywhere - he could be in Edinburgh for all I know. I have lots of friends here but Biscuit was my family. It’s just devastating.”

A spokesperson for Bromley Police confirmed the incident but denied that it was part of a dog-napping spree. He said: “There’s no ongoing problem in the area with dogs being stolen, this is a rather unique case as the only thing that was taken during the break in was the dog.”

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