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Police dog stabbed while chasing an armed suspect

A police dog has undergone emergency surgery after being stabbed in the head and chest while chasing an armed suspect.

His handler PC David Wardell was stabbed in the hand. It happened in Stevenage early yesterday morning.

The dog handler was taken to the Lister hospital for treatment and police dog Finn suffered severe injuries and vets are doing all they can to treat him.

Whilst I can imagine the high level of police activity in Stevenage overnight may have caused some concern to residents, I would like to reassure people that a number of arrests have been made, our investigations are on-going and there will be increased high visibility patrols in the area.

If you saw any suspicious activity in the area or have any information which could assist our inquires I would ask you contact police immediately.

– Chief Inspector Tannis Perks, Herts Police
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