The hunt for the killer of a Staffordshire bull terrier burned alive on a Birmingham golf course was stepped up with the crime featured on last night's Crimewatch programme.

Members of a society dedicated to the breed have announced a sponsored walk which they plan to use to boost a reward to catch the killer.

The brutal attack on the dog, at Handsworth Golf Course in February, provoked outrage and a television audience of millions was asked to help out last night as the programme highlights the RSPCA investigation.

'Staffie' owners have already raised more than £3,500 as a reward but members of the Stafford Trust will dedicate their annual walk through Cumbria this Sunday to the memory of Frank, as they have named the animal.

The dog's remains were found on open land at the golf course. The animal, which was still chained to a tree, had been burned to death and RSPCA inspectors believe an accelerant such as de-icer was poured over him before he was set alight.

Anyone with any information about the crime can contact the RSPCA on 0870 55 55 999 or West Midlands Police on 0845 113 5000. ..SUPL: