A police dog’s super sense of smell led to the arrest of three suspects following an incident at a fast food restaurant.
Herts Police were called to McDonald’s in Jarman Way, Hemel Hempstead at 3am on Monday, June 15 following a report of customers refusing to leave.
When officers arrived the group had left the scene, but a knife believed to belong to one of them was found nearby.
It was then that police dog Tai and his handler, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire (BCH) Dog Unit, were called to assist with the search for the group and Tai was soon tracking.
He led officers across nearby wasteland and into dense undergrowth where two suspects were found and subsequently detained.
As the two were taken back to a police vehicle, several others appeared and began to act in a hostile way towards the officers.
Tai was again deployed and kept them away from the officers.
Sergeant Vicky Stoughton from the BCH Dog Unit said: “Our dogs and handlers have an excellent level of training, which is maintained throughout their careers to ensure they’re in the best possible position to assist at various incidents across the three counties.”