A MAN stole a puppy by threatening the dog's owner with a gun.

Bailey, a three-month-old cross breed, was stolen at around 10.30pm on Tuesday, June 7, as his owner was walking along Kennedy Road, in Ealing.

The 23-year-old man was walking eastwards along the road with his puppy and 22-year-old female friend when he noticed someone approach him from behind.

A spokesman from Ealing police said: "He turned around and saw that the robber was holding a black handgun in his hand. The robber said, drop the lead,' and the victim did as he was told."

The robber then took up the lead and walked off with the puppy a gold-coloured, English and Staffordshire bull terrier cross breed, valued at £250.

The robber is black, around 20-years-old, 6ft tall, and was wearing dark-coloured clothing with a hooded top.

He was last seen making his way along Kennedy Road towards Greenford Avenue.

Anyone who may be able to help Bailey be reunited with his owner should call DC Woodcock at Ealing Police on 0208 2469145, quoting crime reference number 2519405