Watch: Police rescue puppy stolen in a Kings Norton burglary

West Midlands Police neighbourhood team wins award for making Birmingham streets safer

This is the moment that the West Midlands Police Kings Norton Neighbourhood team rescue a cute French Bulldog puppy that was stolen from his owners during a burglary.

Officers captured the rescue of four-month-old Moxley from a garden of a house on their bodycams.

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The pup had been snatched during a break-in at a home in Beaks Hill Road, Kings Norton.

The Neighbourhood team returned Moxley to his owner Gabriel Foley who was delighted to have his faithful friend back home.

Sergeant Sharon Brain led the rescue and it is just one of the successful operations that the Kings Norton team has undertaken recently.

For the last 18 months, the officers have also been targeting offenders from a postcode gang who were linked to drug dealing and violence.

They worked with the council to get a ringleader evicted from his home and helped secure a jail sentence against him for burglary.

More offenders were arrested, convicted and moved out of the area after their tenancies were cancelled.

So it’s no surprise that they went on to win the Neighbourhood Excellence accolade at the West Midlands Police Diamond Awards last week.

Kings Norton Neighbourhood team win West Midlands Police Diamond Award

What did the Police say about the rescue of Moxley?

On rescuing Moxley, Sgt Brain said: “It’s one of those lovely moments you go into policing for: the family were devastated at being burgled and losing their beloved pet dog, but a few hours later we’d got him back.

“From police intelligence and our own experience we checked out a few addresses on the lookout for Moxley and found him in a back garden.

“A woman there claimed someone had dropped the dog off just 30 minutes earlier which seemed very suspicious.

“Poor Moxley was shaking. He was obviously missing home! So I took him straight back to his rightful owners who naturally were delighted.”

A woman and two children were arrested in connection with the dog theft; the woman later accepted a caution for handling stolen goods as there was no evidence of her involvement in the break-in.

A neighbourhood police team in Birmingham has been named our finest community cops for their commitment to making their streets safer.

And the Kings Norton team really won the affection of local residents when they rescued a French Bulldog puppy that had been stolen during a burglary in the early hours of 17 January this year.

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