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The Muttropolitan's newest recruit - a robotic dog

North Wales Police has a new recruit – in the form of a robotic dog.

‘Celt’, the animatronic Golden Retriever is being used to teach young children on how to stay safe and how to behave around dogs.

Robotic dog helping to teach children how to stay safe. Credit: North Wales Police

Celt recently visited his first school on Anglesey with handler PC Gordon Topps from the Dog Section.

He was used to show pupils at Ysgol Niwbwrch they should not approach dogs when they are sleeping or eating, that they should ask dog owners if they can stroke their pets and that dogs who appear to be smiling may actually be displaying aggression.

All too often we hear that a child has been attacked by a dog, so we hope that this proactive approach will see a reduction in the number of children who become the victims of dog bites nationwide. This initiative aims to educate children from a young age about the right ways to act around animals in order to keep themselves safe.

– PC Gordon Topps, North Wales Police
Celt responds positively to being stroked. Credit: North Wales Police

It was great to see the pupils interact with Celt.

Many of the pupils have dogs as family pets so this was an ideal opportunity for them to be reminded on how to stay safe not only around their own pets but also unfamiliar dogs.

– Sian Topps, Ysgol Niwbwrch

Celt responds positively to being stroked and even sniffs the hands of the children.

North Wales Police said the feedback has been really positive ... so paws for thought perhaps for other police forces.

It's certainly dif-fur-ent.



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Watch: Ian Lang reports from Anglesey

Ten plastic trombones were given to a school in Llangefni and a new brass band - or should that be, plastic band - was formed.

For many parents, this was the first time they'd heard their children playing an instrument.

Man missing from care home found safe and well

North Wales police say a man who was reported missing from a care home on Anglesey has been found safe and well.

Credit: PA

Coastguards, a helicopter, and officers on foot joined the search for 64-year-old Michael Lloyd, who went missing from Springholme residential home on Saturday morning.

North Wales Police thanked the public for their support.

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