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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

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Police name driver in Cropston crash

Police investigating a fatal car crash at Cropston in Leicestershire have named the driver.

Emergency services were called to Bradgate Road in Cropston at around 2.30am on Saturday morning where they discovered a silver Mercedes E220 AMG car and a man’s body.

The driver has now been formally identified as 19-year-old Danveer Singh Sadhra of Newtown Linford.

“It is believed that the Mercedes was travelling along Bradgate Road, near to the junction with Reservoir Road, in the direction of Cropston when it left the road and collided with a tree.

“Enquiries are very much ongoing into the collision but at this stage there is nothing to suggest any other vehicle or any other individual was involved in the collision.

“If you witnessed it or saw this vehicle driving along Bradgate Road during the early hours of Saturday morning (September 20) then please get in touch.”

– Detective Constable Kath Orr, Leicestershire Police

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Cannabis plants found at gas explosion house

Dozens of cannabis plants were found by police as they probed a gas explosion at a house in Kingstanding.

It happened at around 8:15pm on Copthorne Road on Saturday.

Emergency services at the scene on Saturday evening Credit: BPM Media (Midlands)

A 30-year-old suspect suffered serious burns in the blast, West Midlands Police said. He remains in hospital.

A second man, who was also initially a suspect, was later released by police.

The house damaged by the explosion Credit: BPM Media (Midlands)

A police spokesman said 40 plants were found in a loft and bedroom at the address, along with specialist growing equipment.

He said the explosion came from a gas cooker and it appeared vents had been blocked in an apparent bid to conceal the smell of the cannabis.

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