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PD Chester Wins National Police Dog Trials two years running 

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The Surrey and Sussex Police Dog Section retained the winner’s trophy at the 2015 National Police Dog Trials after success for the second year running.
21 competitors from police forces across the UK took part in the 3-day event which was held in Stirling at the weekend, hosted by Police Scotland.
Surrey Police’s dog handler PC Graham Lightfoot together with Police Dog (PD) Chester, a 5-year-old German Shepherd won the overall competition.
Two other Surrey officers and their dogs also achieved impressive results with PC Rob Male and PD Apollo, an 8-year-old Malinois, coming 6th and PC Paul Barnham with 3-year-old PD Ethel, a German Shepherd cross Malinois coming 8th. PC Male also won the Phase 2 trophy for the fourth time in five appearances at the National Police Dog Trials, an outstanding achievement.

The dogs and their handlers competed in a number of tests which included demonstrating skills used in operational dog handling, use of force, safety, obedience and agility.
Manager of the Police Dog Training School, John Best, said: “Winning the National Police Dog Trials for a second year running is a major achievement – these excellent results are testament to the hard work of everyone in our team.

“After a 7 year career, in which he has competed in 6 Regional and 5 National Police Dog Trials, Apollo will be retiring from the Force in January 2016 so it’s great that he will leave on a high before he puts his paws up to rest.”

Chief Constable Lynne Owens said: “I was thrilled to hear the fantastic news that we smashed the National Police Dog Trials for a second year running.
“Congratulations to PC Graham Lightfoot and Police Dog Chester in being placed first at this esteemed event – and well done to PC Rob Male and Apollo and PC Paul Barnham and Ethel who also achieved superb placings in the top ten.
“I applaud the Dog Section’s achievement and this positively reflects our dedication at all the stages of training from puppy-walking through to professional working dog.”

“I am very proud that we have the best police dog team in the country working hard to keep the residents and visitors of our county safe.”

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Urgent appeal takes 2 seconds to share to help find missing teen from York

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Please share this picture far and wide in hope that we can bring this 13-year-old back home . It only takes one person who shares this to spot her and be that’s difference

North Yorkshire Police is urgently appealing for information to help find a missing 13-year-old girl from York.

Elise Donoghue was last seen leaving her drama class at the York Theatre Royal on St Leonard’s Place just before 8pm on 19 October.

It’s thought Elise is without money or access to a mobile phone, and she is considered vulnerable due to her age.

Police enquiries have been ongoing to locate in York where it is known she has connections in the Fulford and Danesgate areas of the city.

There is also a possibility she headed to York Railway Station and boarded a train heading towards the north-west where she has friends in the Cheshire area. British Transport Police is assisting with enquiries.

Elise is described as white, 5ft 2in tall, blonde hair with a medium build. When she was seen she was wearing a grey hooded -top, black leggings, black Ugg boots and she carrying a shoulder bag.

Anyone who knows where Elise is or have seen a girl matching her description, please call North Yorkshire Police as a matter of urgency on 101, select option 1, and speak to the Force Control Room. Please quote reference number 12170187979.

If Elise you are reading this there is help and support available simply call or text 116000 they will be able to help you free and confidential.

Anyone who is currently missing from home Missing people are here to help you whenever you are ready; they can listen, talk you through what help you need, pass a message for you and help you to be safe. Call. Text. Anytime. Free. Confidential. 116000

They are also on hand to provide support for anyone who has been recently returned home having been missing.

 

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Police Dog Blue finds missing vulnerable teenager hidden in woodland undergrowth

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Police Dog Blue and his handler from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire (BCH) Dog Unit found a vulnerable teenager on Wednesday (October 18).

Officers were called to an address in Friday Bridge, Cambridgeshire at around 10.45pm after concerns were raised about a teenager who had gone missing.

Due to concerns for her welfare, PD Blue and his handler were also called to assist with the search.

German Shepherd Blue was deployed and began searching the local area. Whilst going down a nearby lane, Blue led his handler into an area of woodland and undergrowth.

It was here that the pair found the missing teenager. They were then able to provide immediate care before other officers arrived to take her home.

Inspector Iain Clark, who is the head of the BCH Dog Unit, said: “The officers had numerous places to search and I am glad PD Blue and his handler were able to provide assistance, which saw the teenager safely found within a short period of time.

“I am proud of their work and this is another great example of how the BCH Dog Unit can support other officers around the three counties.”

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Man admitted to racially harassing security guards at Student Halls

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A man who admitted racially harassing security guards at student halls has been served with a Community Order and a fine.

The 22-year-old from Luton pleaded guilty to two counts of racially aggravated harassment and criminal damage at Luton Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Thursday). The sentencing followed an incident in student halls in Luton on 24 September.

Hate Crime Sergeant James Hart said: “This was an unacceptable incident which was extremely distressing for the victims. We won’t tolerate hate crime in our county as everyone has the right to live free from fear or harassment.

“We hope this case will provide reassurance to victims that we take hate crime offences very seriously. Victims should not have to suffer such abuse and should feel comfortable reporting their experiences to the authorities.”

The man was handed a 12-week curfew with electronic tag and must pay £100 compensation to the victims.

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