Hero Ernie beaten

PO­LICE DOG ERNIE RE­PEAT­EDLY PUNCHED DUR­ING HEATED STRUG­GLE WITH A THUG

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by ISABEL DOBINSON isabel.dobinson@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @is­abel_­dobin­son

ERNIE the brave po­lice dog took a beat­ing dur­ing a heated strug­gle with a thug who was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of as­sault and at­tempted rob­bery.

A 28-year-old man re­peat­edly punched the Alsatian while of­fi­cers were try­ing to ar­rest him fol­low­ing two re­ported in­ci­dents in Hayes, Metropoli­tan Po­lice con­firmed.

Of­fi­cers de­scended on Al­mond Av­enue, West Dray­ton on the evening of Tues­day Au­gust 28 after spot­ting the sus­pect who was be­lieved to be connected to an as­sault and at­tempted rob­bery ear­lier in the evening.

Dur­ing the strug­gle, the adorable po­lice dog - who was as­sist­ing two po­lice of­fi­cers in catch­ing the man - was re­peat­edly punched, re­sult­ing in the man also be­ing ar­rested for an­i­mal cru­elty and re­sist­ing ar­rest.

Ernie did man­age to re­tal­i­ate and the sus­pect, who has since been re­leased un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, suf­fered a bite, how­ever his in­juries are not life chang­ing or life threat­en­ing.

Metropoli­tan Po­lice of­fi­cers were first called Cold­har­bour Lane in Hayes at 10.20pm fol­low­ing re­ports of an as­sault against a woman.

“Of­fi­cers ar­rived and spoke to the vic­tim who said she was walk­ing on the pave­ment, us­ing her mo­bile phone when a man ap­proached her from be­hind, hit her in the back of the head, and then jumped in front of her,” a force spokesman said.

The sus­pect then punched the vic­tim in her right arm be­fore run­ning away in the op­po­site di­rec­tion.

The fe­male vic­tim fled to a nearby prop­erty to call the po­lice.

Around one hour later, a woman claims a male re­peat­edly at­tempted to take her phone from her hand on a bus in North Hyde Road be­fore flee­ing the ve­hi­cle and run­ning away.

The force’s Dog Sup­port Unit was called to help search the area and two of­fi­cers, along with Ernie the po­lice dog, chased the sus­pect along Al­mond Av­enue in West Dray­ton.

How­ever dur­ing the heated strug­gle, the thug re­peat­edly punched the brave dog.

The 28-year-old man was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of rob­bery, re­sist­ing ar­rest, com­mon as­sault, and an­i­mal cru­elty, Metropoli­tan Po­lice con­firmed.

He was taken to a west Lon­don hos­pi­tal for treat­ment to a bite in­jury re­ceived from the po­lice dog how­ever his in­juries are not be­lieved to be life chang­ing or life threat­en­ing.

He was later taken to a west Lon­don po­lice sta­tion and re­leased un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion while en­quiries con­tinue. “I am in­cred­i­bly proud of the ac­tions of the of­fi­cers in­volved in this in­ci­dent and Ernie who was in­jured by an in­di­vid­ual in­tent on at­tempt­ing to steal from and harm mem­bers of the pub­lic go­ing about their daily lives,” said Su­per­in­ten­dent Emma Richards of the Met’s Task­force.

“Vi­o­lence against any­one, whether it is a mem­ber of the pub­lic, a po­lice of­fi­cer or po­lice an­i­mal is com­pletely un­ac­cept­able and this should send a clear mes­sage that we will take such acts of vi­o­lence se­ri­ously. “The Met’s Dog Sup­port Unit do an amaz­ing job of pro­tect­ing the pub­lic, ap­pre­hend­ing of­fend­ers and tak­ing danger­ous weapons off the streets on a daily ba­sis and this is just one ex­am­ple of their great work.”

I am in­cred­i­bly proud of the ac­tions of the of­fi­cers in­volved and Ernie who was in­jured Emma Richards, Met Task­force

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