Dog stolen in village burglary

stolen dog smudge feb 2015
stolen dog smudge feb 2015

A dog was stolen from a leafy village during a burglary on Monday night (February 16).

The nine-year-old female Patterdale Terrier dog, called Smudge, was stolen from a home in Water End, near Stokenchurch at around 11.15pm,

Offenders entered through the rear garden and stole the dog, who was not wearing a collar at the time.

Smudge has white socks on her front legs, a stubby tail and some scarring around her ears and nose. She is extremely energetic and responds to commands.

The offence is being linked to another burglary in Bennett End, Radnage, overnight between about 11pm Monday and about 9am on Tuesday. A bronze statue of a woman’s torso was stolen was stolen from the property’s garden, as well as a quad bike and various hand tools.

The burglaries are being linked to nine other incidents in the area overnight between Monday and Tuesday.

Police believe that the offenders would have used a vehicle to transport some of the items taken, but at this time there is no description of the vehicle or vehicles used.

PC Danny O’Driscoll said: “I would appeal to anyone who saw anything suspicious in these locations on Monday and Tuesday to contact police via 101.

“You may have vital information that can aid our investigation.

“The spate of burglaries has had a devastating effect on the victims, especially the owners of Smudge, who have lost their family dog, and the owner’s of the bronze statue which has sentimental value.

“If you don’t feel comfortable speaking directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.”