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Much-loved dog stolen while owner treated by paramedics

Detectives hope this woman can help their inquiries Credit: Dorset Police

Police in Bournemouth are releasing a CCTV image of a woman they would like to speak to in connection with the theft of a dog and a handbag in the town.

The incident happened on 27 November at around 11.30pm in The Moon in the Square pub on Exeter Road.

Sophie has been missing for more than a week Credit: Dorset Police

The victim - a woman aged in her 50s from the Buckinghamshire area - was being treated by staff and paramedics following a medical incident when a woman stole her handbag and her black Cockapoo called Sophie.

Police Constable Steve Lea, of Bournemouth police, said: "The theft has obviously left the victim distraught.

Credit: Dorset Police

"I am appealing to anyone who knows the woman pictured to come forward as she may hold vital information that can assist with the investigation.

"If you know the whereabouts of the dog or have any information about the incident, please contact police."

– PC Steve Lea, Bournemouth Police