Police are investigating reports about the occupants of a van seen acting suspiciously.
People have been posting on social media warning others about the dark blue Transit van.
Its occupants as said to be knocking on doors on housing estates asking homeowner if they want to buy fish. The men are then alleged to be using chalk to put marks on the households which have dogs living there, with many homeowners fearing they will return to steal the animals.
Cumbria Police stress at this stage they do not have any hard evidence to confirm this is taking place,other than reports from people who have spotted the van.
Police are now appealing for people to come forward with any information which will help with the investigation.
Sergeant Louise Tall told the News and Star
“We have been made aware of interest on social media this week regarding a blue Transit van acting suspiciously in West Cumbria. There has been reports on social media that this van is involved in criminal activity involving animals. We would urge the public to come forward and report any suspicious activity to the police so that we can investigate.”
The van has been spotted in a number of areas including Whitehaven, Seascale, Gosforth, Moresby and Distington.
Anyone with any information should call police on 101. Details can also be passed to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.