SHANNON Smith has posted an online warning: ‘Be careful walking around Western Road rec in Hailsham, a man is there and trying to steal dogs!

“We’ve just had a close encounter of our dog being stolen!

“He acts nice to your dog when they go over and then he tries to unclip the lead from the harness!

“Couldn’t get a clear description as he was lurking in the dark area of the rec at the bottom of the field, but he was roughly mid 40s early 50s! About 6ft tall! Be careful walking your dogs!!!”