POLICE near Whitchurch have called for more help to locate a 'scared' dog which they believe can pose a risk to humans and other animals.

The search for the Staffordshire Bull Terrier in a village near Whitchurch after the dog escaped from kennels in the town.

Officers from West Mercia Police said the dog was seen near a farm in the area at around 6am on Wednesday, August 3.

Local Policing Superintendent for Shropshire, Stu Bill said the dog is likely to be scared and it can lead to unpredictable behaviour, meaning it can be a danger to humans and other dogs.

He added: "We understand concerns around why the dog is considered dangerous and offer reassurance that this does not pertain to the breed of the dog.

"The dog is likely to be scared which can often lead to unpredictable behaviour and therefore a risk to other dogs and the public.

"Public safety is our absolute priority which is why it is important that if you see the dog, you do not approach it but ring us on 999."

For more information visit https://www.westmercia.police.uk/