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Thursday, March 30, 2017
Kidnapped dog returned to parish priest
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¬†A dog who hit the headlines on Monday when she was stolen from a parish priest by thieves demanding a £3,000 ransom, has been found safe and well . Rosa, a four-year-old brown wired-haired Welsh Terrier, was in the back of Fr David Lloyd's car when it was stolen from outside his home at St Peter and the English Martyrs church in Lower Gornal, West Midlands, on Saturday evening. Fr David's mobile phone was also stolen. Hours later, parishioners whose numbers were stored on the phone, began receiving calls demanding money and threatening to kill Rosa. The priest's Volvo estate was later found abandoned and burnt out in Tipton, West Midlands. Insp Andy Murcock told the BBC that two boys had found the dog wandering on wasteland on Sunday afternoon. He said they did not realise the dog was lost so took it home and "kept it very well". When they saw the media coverage of the missing dog they handed Rosa in to a police station yesterday. Fr David has been at the parish for nearly 25 years. The dog had been his constant companion since she was six-weeks-old and is very popular with parishioners. One said: "We were so upset when this happened, everybody is thrilled to have her back."
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