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Bedfordshire Police has released CCTV footage of men they would like to speak to following a spate of dog thefts.

On Sunday (13 September) police received reports that eight dogs had been taken from a kennel in Wilden, including a black Labrador, two cocker spaniels and five English springer spaniels, which comes after reports of a number of attempted dog thefts in the region.

Detective Inspector Ian Holden, from the force’s Crime Team, said:

“We would like to speak to the men pictured as they may be able to assist with our investigation. If you recognise these people or have information about these thefts please get in touch.

“Alternately if you have been offered a dog, please contact us.

“We are working with other forces across the eastern region, UK Pet Detectives, DogLost and Pets4Homes to tackle this type of criminality.”

Anyone with information about the incident, or recognise the men in the photograph, please report it online or by calling 101 and quote reference number 40/49974/20.

If you wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.

If your dog has been stolen – report it to Bedfordshire Police by visiting its online reporting centre or by calling 101. You can also contact your local authority dog warden. (Bedford) (Central Bedfordshire)

Notify your microchip database provider immediately and advise either via their website or Facebook page who can offer help, support and advice.

Bedfordshire Police will support anyone wishing to set up a local DogWatch group – please email for more information.