A police dog and an officer were injured when a pursuit came to an end with four suspects being detained.
The attack happened after police were called to reports vehicle possibly connected to a theft from a lorry was travelling down the A43 at around 4am on Wednesday morning.
Responding officers were sent to the area and located the vehicle – but when it was lit up, it failed to stop and a pursuit was authorised.
Specialist roads policing officers used a stinger to bring the vehicle to a stop soon after the pursuit began but the offenders within made off.
Police dog (PD) Nala, who was in the back of a dog unit involved in the pursuit, was released an chased after the suspects.
A male suspect proceeded to kick Nala as she bravely attempted to apprehend him. She suffered injuries to her face from jumping through a broken window as well as the injuries sustained by the kicks.
Four men, aged 25, 33, 34 and 43, were all arrested in connection with the incident in which a police officer also suffered injuries.
Inspector Andy Hall, said: “Firstly, I want to reassure the public who we know will be worried about PD Nala, that she is recovering well, resting up, and being given the best care there is.
“As a result of her and her colleagues’ bravery last night, four suspects were detained and remain in police custody at this time.
“Our police dogs are not just assets to us – they are fellow officers, colleagues and friends.
“I am very pleased that PD Nala is recovering well but it is a stark reminder of the danger our dogs and our officers face every day in the line of duty.”
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