Friday 30 September 2016

'Fearless' police dog wins award for catching knife-wielding robber

Published 05/09/2016 | 19:58

JJ the West Midlands police dog won an award for catching a robber Photo: West Midlands Police / PDSA
JJ the West Midlands police dog won an award for catching a robber Photo: West Midlands Police / PDSA

A "fearless" police dog has received an award for helping track down and catch a knife-wielding robber.

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German Shepherd, JJ, who assists West Midlands Police, was honoured for his devotion to duty by the PDSA vet charity.

JJ managed to sniff out a phone thief hiding in bushes after a 15-year-old girl had been robbed of her iPhone at knifepoint in Saltley, Birmingham, last December.

PC Wayne Mellings and his canine companion set off in pursuit of the teenage suspect as other officers comforted the victim.

PDSA vet Rebecca Thorne and dog handler PC Wayne Mellings with JJ Photo: West Midlands Police / PDSA
PDSA vet Rebecca Thorne and dog handler PC Wayne Mellings with JJ Photo: West Midlands Police / PDSA

PC Mellings said: “This was typical of JJ: he is fearless and has a real nose for sniffing out evidence and catching criminals.

“JJ managed to follow the scent to a commercial estate then lead us to some bushes where the suspect was hiding in the undergrowth. He was still holding the young girl’s mobile phone.

“JJ played a vital role in catching the offender and recovering the stolen phone; he fully deserves this recognition.”

The canine was presented with the PDSA Commendation as part of the charity’s Animal Awards Programme.

Rebecca Thorne, Senior Vet at the charity’s Aston Pet Hospital, said: “PDSA has a long tradition of honouring animals and JJ’s story really epitomises the value that animals bring to our lives.

“The work of police dogs across the country is absolutely vital; their skills help to solve crimes and take dangerous criminals off the streets. JJ’s story serves as a reminder of just how lucky we are to have these dogs serving among us.”

Telegraph.co.uk

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