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Threatening call after dog stolen from karate champ’s Woodford home

PUBLISHED: 12:00 29 October 2015

Snowflake, a white Samoyed dog, was stolen from Molly Samuel Leport's garden in Woodford Green

Snowflake, a white Samoyed dog, was stolen from Molly Samuel Leport's garden in Woodford Green

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A karate world champion was threatened by an anonymous caller she would be “hurt” if she told the police about the theft of her rare white Samoyed dog.

Molly Samuel-Leport’s four year-old dog Snowflake was stolen from the garden of her home in Montalt Road, Woodford Green, on October 20.

She said she was inside the house from about 5pm to 6pm and when she went out to the garden “Snowflake had gone, the gate was open and the lock was nowhere to be seen”.

She added: “I didn’t hear any barking. People here know Snowflake because he always barks.”

On Sunday, the 2015 Conservative parliamentary candidate for Walthamstow, found an advert on the internet selling a dog, which looked very similar to Snowflake, “very cheap” and rang the number to check it wasn’t her dog.

About 30 minutes later, she received an anonymous call telling her: “We have your dog, if you are going to tell anybody, we will hurt you.”

Mrs Samuel-Leport reported both incidents to the police, who are investigating, and hopes the publicity will make it more difficult for the thief to sell the dog. Snowflake has a distinctive black nose and bright brown eyes.

“I haven’t been sleeping since this happened,” said Mrs Samuel-Leport.

“It’s not just about any dog – it is a family member.”

If you have information about Snowflake’s whereabouts, call the charity Harvey’s Army 0844 800 3220.


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