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Pensioner reunited with his beloved pet after he was stolen during carjacking

A pensioner whose dog was stolen during a carjacking has been reunited with his beloved pet.

Frank Rowe, 65, was fixing a motorcycle near his home on when a gang of teenagers approached and pushed him to the ground on Friday.

He tried to stop the thugs, but one drove away in his Honda CRV while his pet dog Bertie was trapped inside.

Frank feared he would never see two-year-old beagle again and was hugely relieved when the dog was found unharmed around a mile away that afternoon.

But having faced a sustained campaign of antisocial behaviour in his neighbourhood in recent months, Frank said he and his wife were now looking to leave his home in Edinburgh.

He said: “My wife and I were both really upset when Bertie was gone. The car is damaged but I cared far more about the dog.

“I saw these kids hanging about but I didn’t think anything of it.”

Frank Rowe from Newhaven, Edinburgh, reunited with his dog Bertie. Mr Rowe had his car stolen with his beagle in the back. See Centre Press story CPDOG; A pensioner whose dog was stolen during a carjacking has been reunited with his beloved pet. Frank Rowe, 65, was fixing a motorcycle near his home on when a gang of teenagers approached and pushed him to the ground on Friday. He tried to stop the thugs, but one drove away in his Honda CRV while his pet dog Bertie was trapped inside.  Frank feared he would never see two-year-old beagle again and was hugely relieved when the dog was found unharmed around a mile away that afternoon.

Frank is overjoyed to have Bertie back

“Suddenly my car started moving and I thought, ‘What the heck?’ I managed to open the car door and tried to grab him but I was thrown from the car into the street.

“It was unbelievable. The car sped off down the wrong side of the road like it was in Starsky and Hutch.”

The grandfather had left the keys in the engine so he could listen to the car radio and his tools were resting in the open boot, where Bertie had curled up to keep him company.

Frank, who has no feeling in his left hand following a lorry crash in 2013, was left with bruises after the altercation.

He said it was the latest in a string of incidents which have made he and his wife Trisha, 54, fear for their safety.

The couple had previously lodged an official complaint with the Chief Constable in December after Frank collared a gang of teenagers who were vandalising cars but police failed to turn up until over an hour later.

Frank, who has lived in Edinburgh for more than 15 years and retired from his job as a lorry driver in December, said: “Everything has just got out of hand.

“Some nights we have 15 or 20 teenagers running up and down and getting up to all sorts. I’m absolutely going to leave the city, as I’ve had enough of it.”

Frank Rowe from Newhaven, Edinburgh, reunited with his dog Bertie. Mr Rowe had his car stolen with his beagle in the back. See Centre Press story CPDOG; A pensioner whose dog was stolen during a carjacking has been reunited with his beloved pet. Frank Rowe, 65, was fixing a motorcycle near his home on when a gang of teenagers approached and pushed him to the ground on Friday. He tried to stop the thugs, but one drove away in his Honda CRV while his pet dog Bertie was trapped inside.  Frank feared he would never see two-year-old beagle again and was hugely relieved when the dog was found unharmed around a mile away that afternoon.

Bertie is unharmed

Councillor Chas Booth, ward representative for Leith, said incidents of antisocial behaviour were raised time and again by residents.

He said: “That’s very concerning to hear that he has been so affected by antisocial behaviour that he is now considering leaving Edinburgh.

“The issue is one that is brought up in community council meetings and one that is raised with me by residents on a fairly regular basis. I know police work very hard to deal with incidents like this when they occur but it seems to me in this case they could have been doing more.”

Frank’s damaged car was found two miles away a few hours after being stolen.

A Police Scotland spokesman said the force was following “a positive line of inquiry”.

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