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West Midlands Police's soon-to-be puppy recruits

Trev, Ted, Tyler, Topsey, Trotter and Turvey Credit: SWNS

Trev, Ted, Tyler, Topsey, Trotter and Turvey are soon to be trained by West Midlands Police to help catch some of the toughest criminals in the region.

The seven-week-old Springer-Cocker Spaniel cross pups - known as Sprockers - were born last month.

They were born in August Credit: SWNS

They will be looked after until they are a year old, before beginning an eight week training programme to become specialist search or sniffer dogs.

“After their time with the puppy walkers, they’ll go on an eight-week course to develop their search instincts.

They’ll complete searches in buildings, streets, open spaces and vehicles with a view to becoming either a drugs sniffer dog or specialist search dog, depending on what they show an aptitude for.

But for now, it’s important they’re just allowed to be pups and have fun developing in a happy environment, without any fears.

Anyone over 18, who would normally be at home during the day to look after the pups can apply.

We’re also looking for puppy walkers as we’re quite low on numbers at the moment and could really do with some more volunteers."

– Dave Raymond, breed scheme manager at the force's dog unit
The pups Credit: SWNS

Gorilla runners raise £100,000 for charity

Monkey-ing around - charity runners taking part in the London Great Gorilla Run. Credit: PA

More than 600 people wearing gorilla costumes and other fancy dress have raised £100,000 so far during a charity run in aid of gorillas.

People taking part in the 'London Great Gorilla Run' are raising money to save the lives and preserve the habitat of gorillas which are considered an endangered species.

One of the runners who raised thousands in aid of gorillas. Credit: PA

TV conservationist Bill Oddie and magician Uri Geller handed medals to everyone who ran, jogged or walked the 8km route which passed sites such as St Paul's Cathedral and The Tower of London.

The charity run passed sites such as the Tower of London. Credit: PA

There are only 800 gorillas left on this planet so it is great to see so many of you supporting them in this way. Your mind power is giving the gorillas the energy to survive and my mind power gave you the energy to get through 8km."

– Magician Uri Geller

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Study: Chimps, like humans, are natural-born killers

Scientists have overturned the widely-held view of chimpanzees and revealed that they are, like humans, natural-born killers.

A chimpanzee in the Royev Ruchey zoo in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia Credit: REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

A team of 30 researchers studied 152 killings by chimpanzees observed over five decades and concluded that the apes have an almost psychopathic tendency towards violence and slaughter.

A widely-held theory is that chimps only turn on each other when humans disrupt their forest habitats or food supplies.

Instead, the scientists found that human variables had no impact on the rates of killings and that the chimps fight and kill to get what they want and "eliminate rivals". The study is published in the journal Nature.

Couple given suspended sentences after hanging dog

A couple who hanged their pet dog because they "wanted to get rid of it" have been spared a prison sentence.

Veronica Reid, 42, and Jon Allen, 27, along with friend Paul Brown, 52, decided to kill the collie dog called Shandy after visiting a vet who said it would cost more than £100 to have it destroyed.

The couple hung the dog from a loft hatch and buried it in the back garden but the RSPCA investigated and discovered the collie suffered an "unnecessary and painful death".

The RSPCA says the dog suffered a 'painful death'. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Archive/Press Association Image

Reid was sentenced to 18 weeks imprisonment and Allen 23 weeks in custody - both suspended for 18 months. Reid was also placed on a tagged curfew for six months while Allen was given 300 hours of unpaid work.

"Hanging a dog is a horrific thing to do. Why would you even think it was a suitable way to euthanise an animal?

– RSPCA Inspector Miranda Albinson

The couple were also banned from keeping animals for 10 years. All three defendants pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

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Dogs home: Support 'has been overwhelming'

The flood of support given to Manchester's Dog Home "has been absolutely overwhelming," the manager of the animal rescue's sister facility told Good Morning Britain.

Anna Stansfield, who runs Cheshire Dogs' Home thanked everyone for their support and reassured people the charity would continue.

"We have been here since 1893, we want to remain in our pay for, hopefully, the next 115 years."

Special service to be held after dogs' home blaze

A special service is due to be held at Christchurch, Harpurhey, at 6pm after a blaze killed around 60 animals at Manchester Dogs' Home on Thursday evening.

Misty the Jack Russell is fussed over outside Manchester Dogs Home Credit: PA

More than 150 dogs were rescued from the building in Moss Brook Road in Harpurhey on Thursday evening.

A JustGiving account set up by the Manchester Evening News has raised more than £1.3 million.

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Staff 'amazed' by donations to dogs' home

Staff at Manchester Dogs' Home say they are amazed at the public response following a blaze at their premises. More than 130,000 people have now donated to an online appeal fund which has now topped £1.2 million pounds. Hundreds more have donated food, blankets and other items to the home.

Centre manager Lisa Graham says staff are overwhelmed:

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