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Veteran presenter Rory Cellan-Jones appeals for help after thieves steal beloved Collie, Cabbage

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BBC newsman’s elderly Collie is among SIX pooches stolen after thieves target dog-walker’s van: Rory Cellan-Jones appeals for help to find beloved 12-year-old pet ‘Cabbage’

  • The former BBC technology reporter’s dog Cabbage was nabbed at 10.20am
  • Cabbage and five other pooches were inside a dog-walkers van which was stolen
  • The van was stolen in East Acton around 10.20am this morning, he tweeted 
  • Mr Cellan-Jones retired in August and posts about Cabbage frequently online
  • He retired two years after it was revealed he was battling cancer and Parkinsons
  • Twitter account Missing Pets GB identified two beagles who had also been taken 










A veteran BBC broadcaster has appealed for the public’s help after thieves targeted his dog-walker’s van while his beloved pet Cabbage and five other pooches were inside.

In a series of tweets this morning, Rory Cellan-Jones told how the black Transit van was taken at 10.20am from a road in East Acton, London.

The former BBC technology correspondent, who retired in August, two years after revealing he was battling both cancer and Parkinson’s disease, regularly tweets pictures of himself with his 12-year-old Collie, from regular walks to relaxing at home.

But his usually jovial tweets turned to frantic pleas for help this morning as he revealed his elderly pet was snatched by thieves who leapt into his dog-walker’s vehicle while he parked up to collect another pooch ahead of a morning stroll. 

Rory Cellan-Jones (pictured) tweeted out for help after Cabbage went missing along with his dog-walker's black van this morning

Rory Cellan-Jones (pictured) tweeted out for help after Cabbage went missing along with his dog-walker’s black van this morning

This morning’s theft comes amid a rise in dog thefts across the capital, with reports of pets stolen in burglaries or at knife-point rising 75% over the recent lockdowns.

A panicked, Mr Cellan-Jones tweeted today at 11.51am: ‘Something terrible has happened.

‘Our dog walker’s van with our dog Cabbage in it has been stolen while he was picking up another pet. 

Only 180 dog thefts were reported in the capital in 2016 compared with 317 last year.

The Government has been urged to make pet theft a specific crime as it currently only amounts to property theft in law.

The rise in pet theft coinicded with heightened demand for animal companions during Covid lockdowns as potential pet owners found themselves at home for longer periods of time.

The request for help that Mr Cellan-Jones sent out included a description of the black transit van and number plate for the stolen vehicle

The request for help that Mr Cellan-Jones sent out included a description of the black transit van and number plate for the stolen vehicle

‘Our dog walker’s van with our dog Cabbage in it has been stolen while he was picking up another pet.

‘Please look out for a black Ford Transit reg AF20 XZD.

‘Take a photo and DM me or just ring the police’.

A fellow doglover added to his tweet saying that the other dog that had been snatched was their pooch named Sam.

Twitter account Missing Dogs GB confirmed that 6 dogs had been snatched by the thieves.

B Bau, a male tri-coloured beagle, and Toby, another beagle were also stolen in the raid. 

Mr Cellan-Jones posts frequently about Cabbage alongside pictures of the two of them on walks since the former BBC technology correspondent's retirement in August

Mr Cellan-Jones posts frequently about Cabbage alongside pictures of the two of them on walks since the former BBC technology correspondent’s retirement in August

Cabbage was taken alongside Sam (pictured) and four other dogs though it is not clear whether the thief was intended to steal the dogs as well as the van

Cabbage was taken alongside Sam (pictured) and four other dogs though it is not clear whether the thief was intended to steal the dogs as well as the van

The journalist retired in August, two years after it was revelaed he was battling both cancer and Parkinson’s disease concurrently.

Sharing the news on Twitter in the summer, he wrote: ‘Some personal news..in late October I shall be leaving the BBC.

‘I’ve had the most fabulous time working with brilliant people, but after 40 years it’s time to move on’.

Mr Cellan-Jones has made Cabbage a feature of his Twitter account since his retirement from the BBC.

The van was stolen on East Acton Lane in Ealing as the dog-walker was collecting another dog

The van was stolen on East Acton Lane in Ealing as the dog-walker was collecting another dog

He regularly posts pictures of his pet on walks with one coming as soon as this morning before Cabbage was nabbed alongisde the van.

Former colleague of Mr Cellan-Jones, Rich Preston tweeted his sympathy.

The BBC reporter said: ‘Oh Rory that’s awful I’m so sorry – hope he is found quickly and returned home safe and well’.

Another wellwisher said: ‘I’m so so sorry to hear this.

‘Hope Cabbage is found soon.’ 

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