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Stevenage MP throws weight behind police dog campaign

Finn and Stephen McPartland. Credit: Hertfordshire Police/ITV News Anglia

The Stevenage MP says he will push for a change in the law that would see police animals treated the same as officers if they're injured while on duty.

It's after a police dog called Finn was stabbed while chasing a suspect earlier this month.

Local MP Stephen McPartland wants to lead a debate on the subject in Parliament after a recent petition gained more than 100,000 signatures.

"I'll be looking to raise a debate in Parliament where I'll raise these issues and I'll be asking the Prime Minister to consider reviewing the law," McPartland told the official Finn's Law campaign Twitter page.

"I'm considered to be a relatively good campaigner who's great at getting things changed and I'm sure that they'll see sense."

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Finn's law petition reaches 100,000 signature milestone

Finn is now on the mend. Credit: Hertfordshire Police

A petition calling for police animals to be given the same status as officers if they're hurt while on duty has reached the number of signatures needed for it to be considered for a debate in Parliament.

David Burstow set up the petition on the government's petition website earlier this month after a Hertfordshire Police dog called Finn was stabbed while chasing a suspect in Stevenage.

Finn suffered serious knife wounds to his head and chest but survived thanks to complex surgery.

The 'Finn's Law' petition has since gained more than 100,000 signatures, meaning MPs may now look into whether the issue can be discussed in the House of Commons.

Police concerned for welfare of missing teenager

Long Van Nguyen was last seen on Saturday. Credit: Hertfordshire Police

Police are concerned for the welfare of a missing teenager from Stevenage

16-year-old Long Van Nguyen was last seen on the High Street just before 3.30pm on Saturday (15 October).

He is described as being of Vietnamese origin, with brown eyes,5ft 4in tall and slim

He was last seen wearing navy jeans, black trainers and a camouflage hoody.

Police dog stabbed in Stevenage 'getting back to old self'

Finn is making a good recovery. Credit: BCH Police Dogs

A police dog that was stabbed during an arrest operation in Stevenage last week is starting to 'get back to his old self'.

PD Finn and his handler PC Dave Wardell were injured while chasing a suspect.

The incident has sparked calls for police animals to be given the same status as officers if they're hurt while on duty.

Following a successful operation, Finn has been inundated with 'get well soon' cards and is starting to "get a little cheeky".

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Stevenage police dog stabbing sparks calls for law change

Finn was stabbed in Stevenage. Credit: Hertfordshire Police

A petition calling for police dogs and horses to be treated the same as officers if they're injured while on duty has gained nearly 30,000 signatures.

David Burstow set up the petition on the government's petition website after a Hertfordshire Police dog called Finn was stabbed while chasing a suspect in Stevenage last week.

Finn suffered serious knife wounds to his head and chest but survived thanks to complex surgery.

A teenage boy was subsequently charged with criminal damage, but the 'Finn's Law' campaign is aiming to class such attacks as assault or even attempted murder.

The petition would need to make 100,000 signatures for it to be considered for a debate in parliament.

Police appeal as teenager's condition deteriorates after collision with car

A 19-year old man remains in serious condition in hospital after a collision with a car in Stevenage.

It happened on Sunday, September 25 at around 5pm in Stevenage Old Town when a silver Skoda Fabia that was travelling west along Sish Lane was involved in a collision with a teenager.

The teenager was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital with serious head injuries and a broken arm but his condition has now deteriorated.

Police are appealing for information.

“Sadly, the victim’s condition has deteriorated in hospital and we are keen to trace witnesses.

“Although this collision occurred almost two weeks ago there would have been people around Stevenage Old Town High Street and Sish Lane who may remember something. “

– Sergeant Sam Cordingley, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Roads Policing Unit

"It's great to see him alive!" - police dog handler reunited with partner Finn

"It's great to see him alive!" - the verdict of police dog handler PC Dave Wardell on being reunited with his partner Finn after both were stabbed.

"We have been out on the street for just over six years," said PC Wardell, of Hertfordshire Police.

"I was not sure we were going to see him like this."

PC Wardell and Finn were injured during an arrest operation in Stevenage. PC Wardell was treated for an injury to his hand while Finn suffered serious knife wounds to his head and chest.

"We have been very, very lucky and he is doing really, really well," said veterinary surgeon Rob Adams.

"Surgery has gone very well and he is recovering fantastically so far. We are not out of the woods yet but so far, so good."

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