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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.


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."

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.

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