A dog whose barks helped to scare off an intruder and are likely to have prevented a burglary has been described as a hero by his owner.
The angry barks of Coco, a five-year-old German shepherd cross, woke his owners up at 12.30am on March 1.
Coco’s owners, Maria and Luis Fernandez, got up and went downstairs where they discovered the back door of their Mildenhall home, which had been left insecure, was open.
Maria said: “We heard the dog barking really loud and it was really angry. The bark was different to normal.
“I jumped from the bed and my husband followed me.”
Before going downstairs, where the couple discovered the intrusion, Maria looked out of her window and saw what she recalls as a shadow moving among their cars.
She said: “The person who opened the gate and tried to get in did not do it because the dog was in the kitchen.
“He’s our hero. He’s the baby of the house – it was the first time we’ve seen him like that.
“He’s a big dog and he barks very loud but he’s playful.”
Nothing was stolen from the property in Heathland Way.
Maria said: “We are so grateful to the police they came immediately and have been calling us and giving us all sorts if information and advice to be more safe.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Pc Luke Heffer at Mildenhall Police Station on 101.