Derbyshire police dog stabbed FOUR times with knife during serious incident last night

A Derbyshire police dog is awaiting surgery after being stabbed four times with a knife last night during an incident in Riddings.

Thursday, 5th July 2018, 2:51 pm
Updated Thursday, 5th July 2018, 2:55 pm
Police dog Axle is said to be 'recovering well'. Picture from @DerbysDogPolice on Twitter.

Derbyshire police said they were called to a domestic incident on High Street at about 6.50pm after reports of a 'disturbance'.

The force said the emergency response involved a 'large number of officers' and a police helicopter.

Derbyshire police's armed response unit said police dog Axle was stabbed four times with a knife while assisting them on duty.

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Police dog Axle was stabbed four times last night. Picture: Derbyshire police.

Axle is now awaiting surgery at Scarsdale Vets but is 'recovering well'.

A tweet by Derbyshire Armed Response Unit said: "Excellent work from Operational Support overnight following an assault on local officers. Suspect located thanks to National Police Service Birmingham and safely detained - thanks to Derbyshire Dogs Police Section for invaluable support and wishing a speedy recovery to PD Axle who was injured during the arrest."

While Derbyshire Constabulary Dog Section tweeted: "We at Derbyshire Dogs Police Section have our fingers and paws crossed for Axle and our thoughts are with Dean his handler."

And National Police Service Birmingham tweeted: "Just assisted Derbyshire police with a violent suspect search in Alfreton, Initial search proved negative but due to some further intelligence received and experience found male in wooded area. Officers guided in and male detained."

Picture from @DerbyshireARU on Twitter.

A Derbyshire Constabulary spokesman said: "We were called to a domestic incident in High Street, Riddings, last night at 6.50pm after reports of a disturbance.

"The incident resulted in a large number of officers, including the police helicopter, attending the scene.

"No officers were physically hurt during the incident; however, a police dog was injured and is receiving treatment.

"A 27-year-old man has been arrested and nobody else is being sought in connection with this incident."