A Met Police search dog has been praised by his two-legged counterparts after he helped officers to track down a hidden, loaded gun.
On Monday 13th July, eight-year-old cocker spaniel PD Eddie and his handler, PC Emma Robling, rushed to Chelsea Gardens on Chelsea Bridge Road after officers found ammunition on a communal roof.
The discovery of the ammo came about following an intelligence-led operation by detectives from the Met’s ‘Operation Viper’ team.
The officer’s intel suggested that a loaded gun was being stored in the area.
Fearing that a loaded weapon was nearby, the detectives, who form part of the Specialist Crime South directorate, requested the assistance of a search dog.
PD ‘Eddie’ and his handler were tasked to the job and after searching the area for around 15 minutes, Eddie’s keen nose indicated towards a secluded part of the rooftop.
A quick search by PC Emma Robling revealed the silver revolver, which was loaded and ready for use.
A spokesperson for the Met said:
‘Detectives will now continue their painstaking investigation to determine who concealed the firearm and the ammunition.
‘Thanks to their efforts, and PD Eddie’s keen nose, a dangerous weapon is now off the streets.
‘No arrests have been made at this time and the investigation continues’.
PD Eddie’s handler, PC Emma Robling, said:
“Eddie is a wonderful dog to work with, and I am thrilled he was able to track down this incredibly dangerous weapon.
“If it wasn’t for his nose, there is every chance it could still be hidden away.
“We all have a vital role in fighting violent crime across the capital, including our police dogs.
“Every day, police dogs support frontline colleagues in tackling violence head on and yesterday’s seizure is extremely welcomed – well done Eddie!”
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