British Superbike champ Tommy Hill pleads for return of family dog

17:59 20 August 2012

Tommy Hill. Picture by Nick Dungan.

Tommy Hill. Picture by Nick Dungan.

Nick Dungan

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

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

Latest Stories

Yesterday, 15:03
Dynamo spotted by Steve Spencer

Fans of magician Dynamo were delighted by his latest trick: appearing to ‘levitate’ from The Shard near London Bridge.

Read more
Yesterday, 19:13
Undated handout photo issued by Battersea Dogs & Cats Home of Bless with Geoff and Sylvia Shoesmith, of Chelmsford, Essex. The mournful-looking stray which was thought to be putting potential adopters off with her hangdog expression has finally found a home.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday August 27, 2014. Bless was the most long-term resident at Battersea, with staff believing the lack of interest was down to the doleful dog's permanently sad expression. But following publicity, the Shoesmiths leapt at the chance to take the six-year-old in after being drawn to her loving personality and calm, kindly temperament.  See PA story ANIMALS Sad. Photo credit should read: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home /PA Wire

NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

A frowning dog can wag her tail again after our plea to find her a new owner was a success!

Read more
Yesterday, 18:25
Lilian Jean Turner  was seen wearing a white blouse embroidered with flowers, black trousers and white sandals and also had a walking stick and holdall with her [Photograph from Metropolitan Police]

Police are increasingly worried about an 85-year-old woman who went missing in Penge on Wednesday morning.

Read more

Quirky London

Quizzes

I'm only going to say this once: Stand. On. The. Right.

James Bond is Britain’s most famous secret agent, and the capital is its most famous city, so it makes sense that 007 would live and work here when he isn’t gallivanting around the world.

Read more
Can you find the animals hiding in London station names? (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

You may not realise it but there are animals hiding in stations across London? Play our quiz and see if you can you find them:

Read more
Can you guess the Tube station just from the outside? (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

How well do you know your Tube stations? Can you guess these Underground stops from the pictures taken outside them?

Read more