Pet dog Archie stolen from outside Marks and Spencer in Hampstead

07:00 25 April 2013

Archie was stolen from outside Marks & Spencer in Hampstead. Picture: Polly Hancock

Archie was stolen from outside Marks & Spencer in Hampstead. Picture: Polly Hancock

Polly Hancock

A beloved pet dog who inspired a character in a hit book has been stolen from outside Marks & Spencer as his owner was shopping.

Owner Shelley King has been handing out posters appealing for information about missing pet Archie. Picture: Polly HancockOwner Shelley King has been handing out posters appealing for information about missing pet Archie. Picture: Polly Hancock

Actress Shelley King turned her eyes away from pet dog Archie for just a moment when he was snatched outside M&S in Pond Street, Hampstead, on Monday.

She has made a heartfelt appeal for information about the whereabouts of the 13-year-old Norfolk terrier, who has a slipped disc and is in need of medication.

Posters have been put up all over Hampstead Heath and police are also investigating the dog napping.

Ms King, 57, who lives in Hampstead, said: “I felt awful. It was my worst nightmare because I don’t usually leave Archie outside. My partner or I usually stand with him, but it was just a quick thing.

“I’d just picked him up from the dog sitter and we’d been for a walk on Hampstead Heath and I thought, ‘You’re being stupid, there are other dogs out here.’

“It’s the worst thing. You can’t just steal a 13-year-old dog, it’s a responsibility to have an old dog. He’s a real terrier, he’s got a strong will and personality.”

Staff at M&S’s Hampstead branch confirmed there have been no other incidents of dogs being stolen outside the store.

Archie was tied to railings outside the shop when he was taken sometime between 5.15pm and 5.35pm.

M&S staff are helping police with their enquiries and the store’s CCTV footage will be reviewed as part of the investigation.

Archie is connected with a family who have lived in Hampstead for half a century and he originally belonged to Ms King’s mother-in-law, the artist Rosie Harrison.

When she died Archie went to live with her daughter, actor and director Trilby James, 49, and her civil partner, Ms King.

Archie also inspired the character of a dog in author Sita Brahmachari’s book Artichoke Hearts, which won the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize in 2011.

Although Norfolk terriers can be worth up to £500 when at breeding age, Archie is unlikely to be valuable.

Between April 2012 and March this year Camden Police investigated seven dog thefts, which have included dogs being left tied to railings and stolen in burglaries, as well as other incidents.

Anyone with information about Archie is asked to call Camden Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Latest News Stories

32 minutes ago
Tulip Siddiq is expecting a baby in April

Hampstead and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq said she was likely to vote against the package of measures that Prime Minister David Cameron introduced to the Commons last week.

Yesterday, 17:56
Squatters at 156 West End Lane in West Hampstead are evicted

Squatters have left empty former council offices in West Hampstead peacefully on Saturday morning after bailiffs arrived.

Yesterday, 15:11
Evidence for the trial

A woman from Crouch Hill has been disqualified from owning animals for life after keeping dogs in cages stacked on top of each other nearly every day.

Yesterday, 14:03
Claudia Tabitha, 23, Big Issue vendor. Photo: Polly Hancock

A pregnant Big Issue vendor has been overwhelmed by generous offers of support from local parents.

Yesterday, 12:14
Neelu Berry

An activist making claims of satanic abuse at a Hampstead church could face three new charges of witness intimidation.

Sunday, November 29, 2015
Hornsey Town Hall Appreciation Society members. From left Amanda Carrara, Chris Currer, Mark Afford, Miriam Levin and Dave Winskill.

The fight for community ownership of Hornsey Town Hall continues, even though the council officially invited bids from developers last week.

Sunday, November 29, 2015
Expedition 45 Commander SCOTT KELLY took this selfie photograph during a 7-hour and 16-minute spacewalk. This was the first spacewalk for both Kelly and Flight Engineer Kjell Lindgren; the two will venture outside the International Space Station for the second time on next Friday. Kelly becomes the U.S. astronaut who has lived in space the longest during a single U.S. spaceflight, and on Monday, Nov. 2, the crew celebrates the 15th year of a continuous human presence in space aboard the station. (Credit Image: © NASA/ZUMA Wire)

Young gardeners are preparing for a close encounter of the herbaceous kind when they attempt to grow seeds from outer space.

Sunday, November 29, 2015
Keir Starmer arrives with his wife Victoria at the election count. Picture: Polly Hancock

It’s been six months since Sir Keir Starmer won the safe Labour seat of Holborn and St Pancras by a huge majority.

Most read news

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot


Nike Trainers

Nike’s motto is ‘to bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world.’ With this in mind it’s no surprise why Nike is the preferred training gear for most A-list athletes. Get an extra boost in your run or height in your jump with £500 to spend on Nike trainers.

MAC Makeup

MAC are renowned for their flawless, fabulous make up that is used worldwide by the stars. You too can have the chance to have the perfect makeup to suit your needs with £1,000 to spend on all the glam goodies you like!

Digital Edition

Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder