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Nottingham pug puppy raid: Man, 28, arrested

Pebbles
Image caption Alfie was still being weaned when he was stolen from his mother Pebbles.

A man has been arrested three months after a pug puppy was stolen in a violent raid in Nottingham.

Three-week-old Alfie was snatched from Terry and Gina Hayes' home in Beechdale in January, after they had advertised puppies for sale.

The puppy was still being weaned by his mother Pebbles at the Hayes' home and it was feared he could die if he was not found soon.

The 28-year-old man, who was arrested on Tuesday, has been bailed.

Pushed to the floor

It is not known if Alfie is dead or alive as he has not been recovered.

Mr Hayes, who is terminally ill with emphysema, was knocked to the ground during the raid.

The family had placed an online advertisement for a litter of puppies and Mrs Hayes received a text from a woman who wanted to view them.

She answered her door in Fremount Drive to a woman and a masked man, who tried to put Pebbles in a black holdall.

Ex-miner Mr Hayes was pushed to the floor and was later taken to hospital.

While Mrs Hayes tried to help her husband, the burglar put Alfie in the bag and fled, the couple said.

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