Officers from the Met’s South East Area Basic Command Unit (BCU) were travelling on Harrow Manorway, SE2 at approximately 12.30am on Thursday, 7 January when a vehicle with false number plates was spotted.
The officers switched on their blue lights signalling for the vehicle to stop, but it failed to do so and made off. The officers began pursuing the vehicle and were joined by colleagues from the Met’s Dog Support Unit (DSU).
During the pursuit, the suspect reversed into the DSU vehicle. The stolen car became stuck on a roundabout as a result.
One officer approached the suspect’s vehicle, deploying Police Dog Alfa at the same time.
The officer attempted to open the door, but the suspect struggled to keep it closed – slamming it on PD Alfa’s head multiple times in the process.
The officer used his baton and managed to remove the suspect from the vehicle.
The 36-year-old man was subsequently detained by PD Alfa. He was arrested on suspicion of the following:
– Failing to stop for police;
– Dangerous driving;
– Theft of a motor vehicle;
– Going equipped to commit theft;
– Criminal damage to a police vehicle;
– Driving whilst disqualified;
– Driving without insurance;
– Cruelty to an animal.
He was taken to a south east London police station where he remains in custody.
The London Ambulance Service (LAS) attended and provided medical attention to the man for an injury to his arm that he sustained when PD Alfa detained him.
PD Alfa was taken to a south east London veterinary centre for a check-up and has been kept overnight for observation.
Superintendent Emma Richards, from the Met’s Taskforce, said: “This is the second time in as many weeks we have witnessed the sheer bravery of officers working within the Met’s Taskforce and Dog Support Unit (DSU).
“This officer and canine companion stopped at nothing to apprehend this violent and reckless individual, who showed no concern for the welfare of the public, police, or police animals in his actions.
“Our officers work day and night to make the streets of London a safer place, and this is a prime example of the kind of situations they encounter, but tackle with bravery and professionalism.
“We will be supporting the officer and PD Alfa over the coming days to ensure they both make a full recovery.”
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