Man, 63, hit with weapon and left with broken ribs as four men in hi-vis vests try to steal his dog

A dog handler was left with broken ribs, a black eye and cuts after being hit with a gun when four men tried to steal his pet.

The men, who wore safety vests, got out of a white van and approached the 63-year-old.

He resisted her attempts to take the dog away, and one of the perpetrators hit him with a gun before leaving the scene empty-handed.

The incident occurred on Monday, July 20, between 5 and 5:30 a.m. at the intersection of Blows Lane and Wigtoft Road in Sutterton, Boston.

Detective Sergeant Simon Dovaston said, “This is a despicable insult to an elderly and vulnerable man who has fulfilled one of his joys in life.

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“While these crimes are rare, I urge the public to report if they were in the area at the time or if they have dashcam footage that may aid the investigation.

“Our neighborhood police team will continue to conduct security patrols, and I would also like to urge the public to remain vigilant about this type of crime, which unfortunately happens in our neighborhoods.”

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Witnesses or anyone with dashcam footage are urged to call the police on 101 or email [email protected] and cite incident 104 of July 20th.

If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111 or online.

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