Four teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage after a pub had several of its windows smashed.
Two of the teenagers were found by police dog ‘Max’ and his handler after they responded to the incident.
On Tuesday 16th February at around 23:00 hours, Northumbria Police received a call that suspected burglars had tried to force their way into the Moulders Arms in Birtley, Tyne and Wear.
Officers immediately made their way to the location where they found the pub windows had been smashed, however, it appeared nobody had gained entry inside.
The suspects, believed to be a group of teenagers, had already fled the scene so PC Adam Fegan deployed his search dog Max to track them down.
PD Max, a six-year-old Dutch Herder, followed his nose and he quickly found two teenage boys hiding in bushes near to Birtley swimming pool.
The boys – aged 16 and 15 – were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage. Two 15-year-old girls were stopped by officers nearby and also placed under arrest.
Northumbria Police said due to their age, all four suspects were de-arrested at the scene and escorted home and they will be interviewed regarding the damage in due course.
PC Fegan, of Northumbria Police’s Dog Section, praised PD Max for his work in tracking down the suspects.
“This criminal damage had caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage which is the last thing a business owner needs during this pandemic.
“We attended and quickly found blood smeared on the window sill, but nobody had entered the property.
“It was over to PD Max and he did what he is best at, tracking down suspects and making sure they aren’t able to flee the scene.
“Two of the suspects were found with cuts to their hands and they will be interviewed in due course as part of our investigation.
“We will always respond to incidents of this nature and hope this response reassures the business community that we are here to keep your premises safe.”
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