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Northumberland Mountain Rescue gets new four legged team member

Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team have a new recruit.

Credit: Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team

Two year old Border Collie, Tess, has passed a gruelling three day Search and Rescue assessment in the Peak District. Following her success, Tess will now be responding to emergencies.

Credit: Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team

Dog Handler Brian Allport said:

Tess is a fantastic dog skilled in searching for missing persons. She is trained to detect the scent of a person and then follow that scent to its source, once located she will return to me, indicate by barking and lead me back to the lost person. Once we have the location of he missing person we can alert the rest of the team and get the missing person the help they need.”

– Dog Handler Brian Allport
Credit: Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team

Tess’s parents are both operational Search and Rescue Dogs; Father Fly is with Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team and mother, Bess, with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team. The dogs take around two years to train to get to this point.

Dog stolen from car in Northumberland

A dog was stolen from a car parked opposite a pub in Northumberland this weekend.

Between 12.15am and 3.30am on Saturday, November 21, an 11-year-old Springer Spaniel called Tess was removed from a car parked outside the Northumberland Arms Pub in West Thirston.

Thieves smashed the rear windscreen of the vehicle before taking Tess from the back of the car.

11-year-old Tess is microchipped

Tess and is liver and white in colour. She has a docked tail and is micro-chipped but does not wear a collar.

Enquiries into the theft are ongoing and anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious is asked to contact police.


Dog shot and killed by police after attacking man protecting his baby

A dog was shot and later "humanely destroyed" by police after it attacked a man who was trying to protect his one-year-old baby from being mauled by the animal.

Desperate members of the public tried to fight off the Japanese Akita with planks of wood after it viciously attacked the father on Marton Road, Middlesbrough, on Monday evening, September 7th.

A street view of Marton Road near the location of the attack. Credit: Google Maps

The father, who is in his 20s, was walking with a young baby boy, who was in a pushchair, four other children and four other adults with five small shih-tzu dogs.

When the man tried to protect the baby, he suffered bite wounds to his arms and legs.

The dog was eventually detained in its owner's garden before it was "humanely destroyed" several hours later by armed police.

The victim was taken to James Cook University Hospital with serious injuries, which are not thought to be life-threatening.

Stolen puppy: Can you help?

A seven-week old white and brown King Charles Cavalier puppy was stolen during a burglary in Newcastle this weekend.

It happened at an address in Strathmore Crescent on Sunday, January 18.

The burglars broke in and also stole a playstation and DVDs.

Newcastle West Neighbourhood Inspector Alan Davison said:

Clearly the owner is distressed and desperate for the puppy to be returned and I would ask anyone who has any information about this burglary to contact us."

– Alan Davison

Northumbria Police are asking any one with information to contact 101.

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