THERE is a warning to beware of dog thieves after two incidents in the past 24 hours.

The first happened in Seaford and there has been a huge response on social media asking all dog walkers to be alert.

A man walking his dog this morning was approached by another man driving a Transit described as ‘beaten up.’

The man said: ‘He asked about breeding from Teddy and we told him to leave us alone.

“We then kept seeing the van driving around while I was continuing my walk.

“Be careful please.”

A similar dog theft attempt also happened yesterday in Hastings.

A man wearing a balaclava driving a white van tried to steal a dog. The registration number of the vehicle was covered up.

Be careful is the message to all dog owners in East Sussex.