Arrests over stabbing after “brilliant” police dog track

We’ve arrested two teenagers on suspicion of wounding after one of our dogs tracked them for half a mile to the suspect’s door.

It followed a disorder in Stockwell Road, Handsworth at around 3am this morning (14 Sept) that left a man with multiple knife wounds.

The 30-year-old remains in hospital in a serious condition though thankfully his injuries are not deemed life threatening.

Dog handler PC Dave Short and Police Dog Viper were among several police resources who responded to the incident.

PD Viper followed a scent over several streets where we arrested a teenager on suspicion of involvement in the disorder. He was found with injuries and taken to hospital for treatment.

PD Viper who did the tracking
PD Viper who did the tracking

It’s believed another youth ran from the address but later self-presented to emergency services. He was also detained in connection with the incident.

He’d also suffered injuries and has been taken to hospital.

Detective Sergeant Marc Petford said: “We’re working to understand exactly what happened and how all three came about their injuries.

“The dog did a brilliant job at the scene to pick up a scent and follow it over a considerable distance to an address about half a mile away where we made an arrest.

“It just goes to show the invaluable role dogs play in policing.”

If anyone witnessed the disorder or has information about what happened please message us on Live Chat through our website or call 101 quoting log 319 from 14 Sept. 

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