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Officer and his dog commended in Barnsley

PC Neil Pearson and his police dog, Ash

PC Neil Pearson and his police dog, Ash, have been commended for their professionalism and persistence following a burglary at a business premises earlier this year.

On January 19, a call came into the police stating a premises on Oaks Lane, Barnsley, had been broken into. PC Pearson attended with Ash, but the burglars had already left.

PC Pearson and Ash then tracked a considerable distance over rough country and in snowy conditions following the two men. They traced them to an address in Kendray, Barnsley where a cash tin and other items were recovered.

Two men aged 18 and 23 were arrested and charged with burglary.

Shane Watson, 18, from Barnsley, later pleaded guilty in court and was ordered to pay £100 in compensation, and given a four-month curfew with an electronic tag and 80 hours of voluntary work.

The 23-year-old man has pleaded not guilty and is due to appear in court in June.

Chief Superintendent Brooke said: “This was an excellent piece of police work, combining the skills of police dog and handler. The result was that the suspects were caught with the property suspected to be taken from the business premises.

"This sort of determination and dedication to duty are what is contributing to reductions in crime in Barnsley.”