Police arrest delivery drivers for ‘attempting to steal two sheep dogs’

A delivery driver was stopped and arrested after being accused of stealing two dogs.

Gurdat Singh, 32, was dropping off parcels with a colleague over the weekend when he was held by police.

The delivery duo were working in Knighton, Powys when they came across two sheep dogs in the middle of the road, Wales Online reported.

They stopped and tried to get the animals to move to the side of the road before their owner arrived, prompting Gurdat and his colleagues to go on their way, he said.

A short while later Mr Singh noticed police vehicles travelling behind them, which it later turned out included an armed response unit.

“We pulled over for them to go past, and they pulled up in front of us,” he explained.

“They told us we were under arrest for the theft of an animal.”

Mr Singh said they were then taken to Brecon Police Station where he spent five hours before being released.

He said: “I have a business I have been running for the last few months, and we have never had anything like this.

“We run our own delivery business.”

He added: “It’s only five hours but it’s five hours of work I’ll never get back. I have been waiting for an apology – all I wanted was an apology.”

Dyfed-Powys Police released a statement on Sunday confirming two men had been arrested on suspicion of attempted dog theft.

It said that a swift investigation including full witness accounts was carried out before it was concluded that no crime was committed.

“Both men were released from custody in relation to the report of attempted theft,” the statement said.

“However one of the men was further arrested on suspicion of drug-driving, and has been released under investigation.”

On Monday the force issued a clarifying statement providing more details about the incident following comments made by the public on social media.

“We received a report at 10.45am yesterday (Sunday) that two men had been seen to get out of a van, and try to put two dogs in the vehicle from outside the property in Knighton,” the statement read.

“The caller then clarified that the dogs had not been taken.

“At approximately 11am we received another call reporting the attempt theft of dogs. This caller also added that they’d tried to speak to the men in the van, and the driver and passenger had refused to explain who they were, or explain what they were doing at the address.

“This caller informed us that they had followed the van before losing sight of it, and provided us with its last known location.

“The member of public also outlined concerns in respect of the manner the van was being driven.

“Officers in an unmarked police vehicle, along with an armed response unit on regular patrol, identified the vehicle and it was stopped at 11.40am.

“As part of the investigative procedure the two men within the van were arrested and conveyed to custody.

“Our priority was to obtain full witness accounts and to clarify the accounts of all those involved – following this we were satisfied that no crime had been committed and immediately released the men.

“We hope this clarifies the circumstances in which these arrests came about, after a swift police response based on reports of suspicious behaviour that had caused significant concern locally.”