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'Fearless' police dog awarded for bravery in catching robber

Brave dog: JJ tracked down a teenage robber in Birmingham Credit: West Midlands Police

A "fearless" police dog with a "nose for evidence" has been given an award after he tracked down a youth who mugged a 15-year-old girl at knifepoint.

JJ the German Shepherd managed to sniff out the thief who was discovered in a bush still holding the stolen loot.

The West Midland Police dog has now been awarded for his devotion to duty by the vets charity PDSA.

His handler PC Wayne Mellings said that JJ's bravery was "typical" and his award was "fully deserved".

He is fearless and has a real nose for sniffing out evidence and catching criminals.

JJ managed to follow the scent to a commercial estate then lead us to some bushes where the suspect was hiding in the undergrowth. He was still holding the young girl's mobile phone.

JJ played a vital role in catching the offender and recovering the stolen phone. He fully deserves this recognition.

– PC Wayne Mellings
JJ with Rebecca Thorne of PDSA and handler PC Wayne Mellings Credit: West Midlands Police

JJ, who was named after a soldier killed while serving in Afghanistan, was presented his award at the charity's animal awards programme on Thursday.

Rebecca Thorne, senior vet at the charity's Aston Pet Hospital, said: "PDSA has a long tradition of honouring animals and JJ's story really epitomises the value that animals bring to our lives."

Police said a 17-year-old was put on a youth rehabilitation order - including a 16-week overnight curfew - and ordered to pay compensation for the offences.