Your story about dog thefts in Cambs appeals to vague authorities and a made-up premise

Regarding your recent story warning dog owners after reports of suspicious activity across Cambridgeshire - I am compelled to write my first ever letter of complaint to any newspaper.

The story talks of ‘a warning to dog owners’, using a police logo - the implication is clear.

Police have given no such warning - in fact, there is no warning given apart from by the article itself.

There is a vague allusion to chalk markings, saying that they are “prompting fears that his house, and his dog, had been marked out by potential thieves”.

Who says this? Him? The journalist?

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The entire substance of the story is that a BMW was seen loitering at two different addresses. The allegations are completely unattributed and, aside from one person being a dog owner, there is no connection to any dog theft at all.

This is an appalling piece of journalism, with appeals to vague authorities and a made-up premise.

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It seeks to build on a common urban myth - the chalk marks on a door or gate indicating a valuable dog. Check - this has been thoroughly discredited already.

You could replace the word ‘dog’ with pretty much any other noun - car, or cat - and the article would be just as accurate.



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