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Saved stray dog retires after 'outstanding' police career

PC Marie Poole said Griffin was a "naughty pup" when he first joined the force before his success in the passive detection squad. Credit: Stanford Photographic/PA Wire

A stray cocker spaniel who was rescued on the day he was due to be put down is retiring after a career as one of Wiltshire Police's "most successful" drug detection dogs.

Griffin, who was adopted by the force in 2008 at the age of two, has clocked up an impressive 500 detections in his five-year stint.

His catches include sniffing out a wanted man who was later found to have 450 LSD tablets hidden in his underwear and a woman holding more than £3,000 worth of drugs at a festival.

PC Marie Poole, who will adopt Griffin after a five-year partnership, said he was often happy to form a close bond with the culprits he had sniffed out.

"Being as cute as he is, he has also on a number of occasions given cuddles to people that he has caught," she said.

"Surprisingly, people he has caught have also given him a tickle and told him he's a clever dog while they are being arrested," PC Poole added.

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Extraordinary book sculpture celebrates Bristol libraries

A sculpture of animated books is going on show at Bristol Central library to mark the 400th birthday of libraries in the city.

It's called the Book Hive and is made of 400 used library books, which react to the movement of visitors. It's all thanks to a series of sensors.

It was created by animatronics firm Rusty Squid with the help of an Art Council project.

Video courtesy: Rusty Squid

Jamie McDonald and his kit, 5000 miles later

Jamie McDonald, still smiling. Credit: ITV News/Jonty Messer
This stroller has just been pushed across Canada by Jamie McDonald from Glos. He's finally back home after his epic 5000-mile journey. Credit: ITV News/Jonty Messer
One of 13 pairs if running shoes Jamie got through. He only had to buy 5 pairs as the Canadians donated the rest. Credit: ITV News/Jonty Messer

Gloucester runner congratulated by Prince Harry

The letter said "His Royal Highness was very impressed with your appetite for pain." Credit: Jamie McDonald

A fundraiser from Gloucester who ran the length of Canada to raise money for charity has been sent a letter on behalf of Prince Harry.

Jamie McDonald arrives home after his 5000 mile run today. The letter said "His Royal Highness was very impressed with your appetite for pain."

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Homecoming welcome for Jamie McDonald

Jamie McDonald is back in Gloucester today Credit: Jamie McDonald

Gloucester fundraiser Jamie McDonald will be welcomed back to the city later after his epic run across Canada. He started his five thousand mile run back in March, the first person to do it unaided.

He's due to visit the hospital that's benefited from his achievement and then everyone is invited to join him - in superhero costume - at 6 pm in King's Square for a final run to the Cathedral.

Jamie completes his trans-Canada run

Jamie McDonald has reached journey's end Credit: Jamie McDonald

A Gloucester man, who has been described as a real life Forrest Gump, has finally stopped running after travelling more than five thousand miles. Jamie McDonald has run from one coast of Canada to the other.

His epic journey, which began in March last year, ended in Vancouver late last night. He's thought to have raised more than £100,000 for hospitals in the UK and Canada.

PICTURES: Jamie finishes his Canada challenge

Gloucester fundraiser Jamie McDonald has finished his latest challenge - a coast-to-coast run across Canada.

He has tweeted pictures from the finish:

The end in sight - after more than 5,000 miles of running Credit: Jamie McDonald
A huge welcome party greets Jamie at the finish in Vancouver Credit: Jamie McDonald
Jamie in front of the press pack Credit: Jamie McDonald
Jamie's dad thanks Canada for looking after his son - who set off on his marathon challenge last March Credit: Jamie McDonald
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