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Award for hero police dog stabbed in line of duty

Finn suffered stab wounds to the head and chest Credit: ITV News Anglia

A police dog who suffered near-fatal injuries in Stevenage is to be recognised with a national award.

German shepherd Finn was stabbed twice while chasing an armed suspect - his handler PC Dave Wardell was also injured.

The incident inspired the 'Finns Law' campaign which seeks to get greater protection for service animals.

Finn the police dog is to receive another award Credit: ITV News Anglia

Finn will be awarded with a gold medal from the animal welfare charity, the PDSA.

Last October, Finn, who has now retired from duty, received the animal of the year award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

PDSA’s Director General, Jan McLoughlin, said: “Finn displayed outstanding devotion that night, both to his duties and to his handler.

For his actions, Finn is an extremely worthy recipient of the PDSA Gold Medal.”