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Police dog Finn could soon be back to work following stabbing

Finn. Credit: Hertfordshire Police

A Hertfordshire police dog that got injured chasing a suspect last month could be back to work by the end of the year.

German Shepherd Finn was stabbed in the head and chest while responding to reports of a robbery in Stevenage on October 4.

The seven-year-old canine was rushed to the vets, where he underwent a life-saving operation. Despite the severity of his wounds, Finn refused to let go of the suspect. A teenager was been charged with criminal damage.

His handler PC Dave Wardell also received a stab wound to the hand.

A proposed law for police animals to be given the same status as officers was debated in parliament earlier this week.

“Finn’s recovery is going really well. He has been officially discharged from the vet and he’s getting stronger. He is now allowed three lots of 45 minutes’ exercise each day. Next week, we’ll be increasing that to one hour, three times a day.

“Then he should be able to start training to return to work. It’s all about building his muscles back up. All being well, he should be back working in mid-December.”

– PC Wardell, Hertfordshire Police
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Finn's law debate gets underway in Parliament

MPs have been debating whether to change the law to increase the punishment for those who attack police dogs or horses.

Calls for the so-called 'Finn's law' come after a Hertfordshire police dog was stabbed and badly injured last month in Stevenage while chasing a suspect alongside his handler PC Dave Wardell.

Today's debate was led by Northamptonshire MP David Mackintosh.

Parliament to debate 'unnecessary' police dog petition

Finn was stabbed in the head. Credit: Hertfordshire Police

A petition calling for greater rights for police animals injured in the line of duty will be debated in Parliament later this afternoon.

It comes after German shepherd Finn was stabbed in the head and chest while chasing a suspect in Stevenage.

A teenage boy was charged with criminal damage over the attack.

The proposed Finn's Law is calling for police animals to be given the same status as officers.

Despite the debate, the Home Office released a statement this weekend saying that there is no need for the law to be changed because people who attack animals can already be jailed for 10 years.

An additional offence dealing specifically with attacks on police animals or a move to change their legal status is unnecessary in light of the maximum penalties already in place.

An additional and separate offence may not result in more prosecutions, or increased sentences.

– Home Office spokesperson


Family pay tribute to Stevenage man

Peter Shickle Credit: Hertfordshire Police

The family of 58-year-old Peter Shickle, who died in Stevenage at the weekend, have issued a statement paying tribute to him.

“Peter Shickle was father to two daughters Karla and Lauren whom he loved dearly. He also had two older brothers John and Paul.

“Peter,also known as Shicks, had many friends and would often be seen socialising down his local pub.

“He could make a joke out of anything and for this we will always remember the laughter he brought to so many.

“We would like to thank everyone who has been in contact, wishing their condolences and sharing stories of Pete. It has made a devastating situation a little easier to cope with.”

Two men charged with murder of Stevenage man

58-year-old Peter Shickle was found at a home on Silam Road Credit: Hertfordshire Constabulary

Two men have been charged with murder following the death of a man in Stevenage.

The body of 58-year-old Peter Shickle was found at a home on Silam Road on Sunday afternoon.

35-year-old Graham King from Harrow Court and 35-year-old John George Jamieson from Wigram Way, Stevenage have been charged with murder.

They are due to appear at St Albans Crown Court on Friday (November 11).

14-year-old boy goes missing in Stevenage

Hertfordshire Police are appealing for help in finding missing 14-year-old Jack Hubbard. Credit: Hertfordshire Police

Police are appealing for the public’s help to trace a 14-year-old boy who has gone missing from Stevenage.

Jack Hubbard went missing from his home in Stevenage on Wednesday 26 October and was last seen in School Close in the town on Sunday.

Jack is described as 5ft 5in tall, of slim build and with brown hair. He is believed to be wearing a blue hoody, dark blue jeans and black Nike Air trainers.

His is believed to be either in Stevenage or Welwyn Garden City and anyone who know where he is should contact Hertfordshire Police on the non-emergency 101 number.

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