Police will exercise their dogs at a primary school which has been repeatedly targeted by burglars and vandals.Let's hope they keep better control of them than this officer, then:
Officers came up with the novel idea after St Helen’s School, Westcliff, was hit on three consecutive weekends.
PC Lisa Wiggins, who is investigating the incidents, said: “On each occasion access was gained via the un-overlooked rear of the school.
“So I have now made arrangements for police dogs to be exercised within the school grounds at weekends. This should make criminals think twice before returning.”
The Sainsbury's worker was visiting step-daughter Laura Cottingham, with wife Georgia, at her Windsor Drive home in Leek.A long lead, eh? Well, as we've already seen, it's going to be hard for the police to say that the dog wasn't under control, so that should triple the damages!
He said he saw the police dog handler coming towards him at around 10.30am with the Alsatian on a long lead, but felt no danger.
But the dog bit Mr Fennell at least once and he was forced pull the dog's teeth out of his leg with the help of the handler.
Even their normal supporters aren't too impressed:
Thirty-two year-old Laura, pictured, who runs the Haregate Community Centre in Leek, said: "I don't think the dog was under control, it was on a really long leash and it didn't stop biting when the handler got to it.As far as the police are concerned, it's not the fault of anyone but the
"Normally you'd expect the handler to have a control word so the dog could be stopped.
"I work with the police at the community centre to improve the reputation of the force on the estate, but I can't defend this at all."
Inspector Chris Dawson, head of the force's dog unit, said police had been called to Windsor Drive for a separate matter.If there's one thing primary school children can be relied upon for, it's running around.
He said: "Police were called following the report of an assault at an address. The male offender had fled the scene.
"A police dog, under close control on a lead, was tracking the offender's trail along Windsor Drive.
"The dog's handler shouted to a male member of the public, unconnected to the assault, to stay where he was while the dog passed by. The man however moved and was subsequently bitten on his right leg by the dog."
So if they decide to do this on weekdays as well, this could be interesting...