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‘Fake policemen’ claimed they had been sent to seize family pet in attempted …

Would-be dog-nappers posing as policemen tried to steal a pet from its owners by claiming they had been sent to seize it.

Two men, dressed in smart black suits and pretending to be North Wales Police officers, told the owners of the boxer-cross Staffordshire Bull Terrier they were due to confiscate the animal under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

The pair drove away when challenged to show identification.

Read more: Owners fear their dog was deliberately hanged from garden gate

They had targeted a house in Tan Y Bryn in Buckley, Flintshire, when they arrived at around 9pm on Monday night, the Daily Post reported.

Descriptions issued

They were described as smartly-dressed white men both wearing white shirts and black suits.

One was around 6ft with stubble while the other was shorter and clean shaven.

Read more: Twelve miniature tortoises stolen from owner’s garden in overnight raid

They are believed to have left the area in a dark-coloured vehicle.

A spokesman for North Wales Police said: “If a police officer, or anybody purporting to be a police officer, attends at your address ask to see their identification and confirm the validity with the force control room on 101 if you have any concerns.”

Almost 120 pets, including birds, fish and snakes, have been stolen from North Wales homes in the three years.

Figures released following a Freedom of Information request to North Wales Police show dogs were the most common prey but ferrets, a cockatiel, and a koi carp also fell victim to thieves.

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