Woof justice for Midland crooks

West Midlands Police has held an awards ceremony recognising the work of its officers - and their four-legged crime-fighting friends.

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PC who handled dogs during 2011 riots awarded

A specialist dog handler has been named West Midlands Police's Dog Handler of the Year after a string of achievements in recent months.

PC Suzanne Cheek helped coordinate the police dog response to the 2011 summer riots - and was among the officers who had petrol bombs thrown at them and were shot at.

PC Suzanne Cheek receives her Dog Handler of the Year Award Credit: ITV News Central

PC Cheek made West Midlands policing history last October when she became the first woman to achieve the national police dog instructors badge.

The 36-year-old has also retired her former crime-fighting pal, PD Beau, and welcomed new recruit PD King to the force, having trained him since he was a puppy.

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