Boris Johnson guarantees ‘ruthless’ crackdown on scourge of gangs stealing our canines
- Demand for canines throughout pandemic triggered enormous rise in thefts, with some breeds fetching as much as £4,000 every – 4 occasions pre-Covid costs
- Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland has arrange taskforce
- PM mentioned it might guarantee ‘felony justice system is dealing correctly with anybody so malicious as to steal a canine’
Boris Johnson in the present day guarantees a ‘ruthless’ crackdown on dognapping and different pet crime.
Demand for canines in the course of the pandemic triggered an enormous rise in thefts, with some breeds fetching as much as £4,000 every – 4 occasions pre-Covid costs.
Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland has arrange a taskforce that the Prime Minister mentioned would be sure that the ‘felony justice system is dealing correctly with anybody who’s so malicious as to steal a canine’.
Boris Johnson in the present day guarantees a ‘ruthless’ crackdown on dognapping and different pet crime. Demand for canines in the course of the pandemic triggered an enormous rise in thefts, with some breeds fetching as much as £4,000 every – 4 occasions pre-Covid costs
Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland (above) has arrange a taskforce that the Prime Minister mentioned would be sure that the ‘felony justice system is dealing correctly with anybody who’s so malicious as to steal a canine’
Writing in The Mail on Sunday, reverse, Mr Johnson – who owns a white, male Jack Russell cross referred to as Dilyn along with his fiancée Carrie Symonds – says the crime is just too usually dismissed as trivial and on a par with shoplifting.
However he provides: ‘I consider strongly within the damaged home windows idea – that if you wish to cease severe crime, then you will need to even be ruthless in coping with offences which may appear second order to some, however which in actuality trigger enormous ache and grief to the victims.’
The brand new measure is a part of a broader crackdown on crime.
Mr Johnson mentioned that police, partly helped by Covid which has restricted criminals’ motion, are profitable the conflict on county traces medication gangs which use devoted telephone traces to ship mass texts to prospects and organise networks of couriers, usually kids and susceptible adults, to maneuver medication from cities to smaller cities.
‘Total, it appears to be like as thought there’s a couple of 20 per cent discount within the prevalence of those gangs,’ writes Mr Johnson. ‘However we’re solely simply at first of this combat; we should do extra.’
He provides: ‘We have to carry the hammer down laborious on the gangs – at each stage. So when the medication mules take the trains, they must take care of British Transport Police who’re geared up with drug-sniffing canines.’
Mr Johnson, who vowed to ‘take out the gangsters’, additionally broadcasts:
- Total crime is trending down and 90 per cent of county traces gangs in Norfolk have been ‘rolled up’;
- Cities comparable to Swale in Kent and Bangor in Wales are actually freed from the scourge of county traces gangs;
- New police powers to sort out road violence are being strengthened with more durable sentences for severe sexual and violent offenders;
- For the reason that begin of the 12 months, police have recovered 27 stolen canines in Hertfordshire, 26 in Surrey, 83 in Suffolk and 80 in Carmarthenshire.
Canine possession has soared for the reason that first lockdown, with 2.2 million folks getting one within the first six months of the pandemic. However new figures have additionally revealed that canine thefts have risen by a fifth prior to now 12 months.
Information from 37 of Britain’s 45 police forces exhibits an estimated 2,438 canines have been reported stolen final 12 months, a 19 per cent improve on 2019 when there have been 2,026.
Pensioner, 66, is left ‘damaged’ by violent dognapping
Pensioner Mike Jasper was attacked and had his sprocker spaniel Ted (above) stolen whereas strolling on a typical
Pensioner Mike Jasper was attacked and had his sprocker spaniel Ted stolen whereas strolling on a typical.
The 66-year-old was assaulted from behind by two males who made off along with his beloved three-year-old pet in December.
The retired police officer was knocked to the bottom and one of many attackers stood on his wrist till he let go of the lead whereas strolling on Cannon Hill Widespread in South London.
Mr Jasper’s canine had helped him deal with despair and his daughter Lucinda instructed how the theft had severely broken her father’s psychological well being.
‘Since Ted’s been taken, Dad has simply been fully damaged,’ she mentioned.
‘He cannot go away the home. He is struggling actually badly from despair and as a household, it is actually upsetting to see as a result of he had made such good progress along with his psychological well being.’
Charities consider the general determine is considerably increased. Volunteer group DogLost reported a 170 per cent leap within the variety of pets reported stolen from 172 in 2019 to 465 final 12 months.
Katy Bourne, the Police and Crime Commissioner in Sussex, has referred to as for the theft of pets to be categorised individually to enhance police knowledge.
She discovered by way of an internet survey that greater than a fifth of 124,000 respondents had both had a pet stolen, or knew somebody who had, in the course of the previous 12 months.
Nearly 65 per cent of respondents mentioned they feared taking their pet for a stroll in the course of the day.
Staffordshire bull terriers have been the most well-liked breed focused by thieves, with 97 stolen in 2020, accounting for 21 per cent of all canines with named breeds stolen in 2020.
Mr Johnson says that he imagines some non-dog-owners will assume the police may be higher employed elsewhere.
‘That’s to overlook the purpose,’ he writes. ‘If you’re cynical and nasty sufficient to steal a canine, in an organised gang, then you’ll nearly definitely be occasion to different sorts of crime as effectively.’