South London men in court after puppy theft

Two men have been charged with aggravated burglary after a puppy was stolen from a home in Barnes in south west London.

Simon Ludlow, 49, from Mitcham and Michael Cloherty, 57, from Orpington, both appeared at Wimbledon Magistrates Court earlier this month charged with aggravated burglary.

Both were remanded in custody to appear at Kingston Crown Court on Wednesday (December 22).

A third man, aged 53, was also arrested as part of this investigation and has been bailed “pending further enquiries to return on a date in late December”.

Police continue to search for the puppy, which they said was stolen from a home on Arabella Drive in Barnes, on Monday, November 29.

News Shopper reported on the large number of dog thefts in London earlier this year.

It revealed that over 1,400 dogs have been reported stolen across the capital in the last five years, with the south London boroughs of Croydon, Lewisham and Bromley among the areas worst affected.

Croydon was the borough that saw the most dog thefts within this period, totalling 71 out of the 1,409 reports.

This was followed by Lewisham in second (67) and Bromley in third place (64).

South West London fared slightly better, with lower numbers of dog theft recorded in the five year period.

Areas with the lowest reports included Richmond Upon Thames (24), Merton (23) and Kingston (16).

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