A police dog has been praised by his handler after finding a suspect in a violent affray – hiding under a bed.
Police dog ‘Max’ and his handler PC Adam Fegan were deployed to support response officers in Wallsend on Thursday (29th August) night.
At about 11.10pm that evening police had been called to reports of a fight in public on Durham Street.
Witnesses had reported that those involved in the altercation had been armed with knives and a corrosive substance.
PC Fegan and PD Max were deployed into a nearby address where it was believed those involved had been hiding.
They quickly detained two male suspects in the front room – but a third man could not be found.
PD Max – Image Credit: Northumbria Police
PC Fegan took PD max around the house, and within minutes, he had found the final suspect hiding under a bed.
All three men were arrested on suspicion of affray and taken into police custody.
Now PC Fegan has praised his five-year-old Dutch Herder and said it was just one of many jobs he was dispatched to that night.
“It was a very busy night at work, and before being deployed to this incident, Max had already help detain a dangerous dog and arrested suspected fraudsters.
“This job was a bit different as we knew that the report involved men who had been behaving in an aggressive manner and were armed with weapons.
“When those calls come over the radio, it always makes me feel a bit better to have Max by my side as he is not the kind of dog you want to mess with.
“With his help, we were able to make two quick arrests, and then the third one was all down to his nose.
“He did a full loop of the house before finding the final suspect hiding underneath the bed, and when you’re lying on the ground with Max standing there, then you give yourself up pretty quickly.
“It makes me super proud when he has those kind of results, and he got a well-deserved treat at the end of his shift.”
Police confirmed that in total, four men were arrested.
One of the men was released with no further action, and the other three were released under investigation.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact police on 101 quoting log 1335 30/08/19 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.