A Northumbria police dog has been showered with treats after helping officers to track a suspected knifeman – and the meat cleaver that was wielded.
At just after 18:30 hours yesterday, Tuesday 12th January, a report was made to Northumbria police that a male was in possession of a bladed weapon in the Silkworth area of Sunderland.
The information received was that the suspect had used a meat cleaver to attack a stationary car which had two females inside, before continuing the attack on the front door of a house.
Officers were swiftly deployed to the scene and an area search was immediately carried out in a bid to locate the suspect.
PD Seth, a Belgian Mallinois, was deployed to offer his assistance and within minutes he had followed a trail and led police straight to a country track, where they located the discarded weapon.
With the assistance of the National Police Air Service (NPAS), officers were then able to track the suspect’s movements in nearby woodland.
A 28-year-old man was subsequently arrested on suspicion of affray and remains in police custody at this time.
Detective Sergeant Emma Martin, of Northumbria Police, said:
“Incidents such as this can cause inevitable concern within the community, so I am delighted that a suspect was detained and the suspected weapon seized so quickly.
“Nobody was injured as a result of this incident but this is something we’re taking seriously and must have been terrifying for the victims.
“After the initial report came in to us, what followed was some excellent police work between a number of officers – as well as the assistance of our brilliant Dog Section and NPAS.
“We are continuing to carry out a number of enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the disturbance and will continue to speak to a man in connection with the incident today.
“I’d like to thank members of the public for their support and cooperation during this incident, as well as our officers, staff and of course PD Seth who all played their part in bringing this to a swift and peaceful conclusion.”
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