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Barney the brown and white bulldog inadvertently stolen in back of van

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British superbike champion Tommy Hill is appealing for his family dog to be returned after it was stolen while in the back of his dad’s van.

Barney a five-month old British Bulldog belonging to Beckenham-born Hill’s dad Mick went missing just after midday today.

It was in the back of a new Volkswagen Van which was stolen from outside a house Hill’s dad, who’s a builder, was working at in Shirley, Surrey.

The 2011 superbike champ said his dad had just put some food in the van for the brown and white family pet before it went missing and is appealing for help in it being returned.

“He was in there for 15 minutes and my dad went to check on him and it was gone with the dog inside it,” he said.

“It was a new van he had just bought, and it was the family dog which goes to work with my dad.”

Hill is hoping the puppy’s identification chip, which can be scanned by vets, will see it returned home.

“The police are looking into it, but I just hope there is someone who’s seen something,” he said.

“Because he’s just a puppy he won’t know that there is anything different.”

The registration number of the van is: GK58 NLG

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