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Hero hound wins through to semi-finals of Britain's Got Talent

Finn appears on BGT Photo: ITV

A former police dog and his handler have won through to the semi-finals of Britain's Got Talent.

Pc Dave Wardell and his retired police dog Finn, who was stabbed saving his life, sailed through to the next round.

The pair - who hail from Hertfordshire - hope to eventually perform before Royalty.

Their initial act saw Finn relay words chosen by the judges to his handler in an apparent display of telepathy.

Joining other acts on stage to hear of their fate, David Walliams told Pc Wardell:

"It's all about, is this an act we think could win Britain's Got Talent, one that could perform at the Royal Variety Performance, one that could have a huge international career?"

– David Walliams
Arresting development: Finn makes it through Credit: ITV

They were then told they had made it through, and Pc Wardell was told by head judge Simon Cowell: "Your story was amazing, I mean, incredible."

Cowell was previously brought to tears when hearing how service animal Finn was stabbed with a 10-inch blade after he jumped between Pc Wardell and an offender wielding a knife.

Finn suffered serious stab wounds to the chest and head but did not let go until reinforcements arrived, and was initially thought unlikely to survive.

The ex-police pooch is no stranger to accolades though, having picked up a number of bravery awards since the incident - and has helped to try and change the law of the land.

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Wind beneath my wings wins Colin a place in the semis Credit: ITV

They'll be joined by Norwich Chelsea Pensioner Colin Thackery.

The war veteran a whose first audition saw him sing Wind Beneath My Wings in a tribute to his late wife.

Upon learning he had made it through to the live semi-finals, Mr Thackery said:

"Absolutely marvellous, I can't believe it. I've got a military salute for it." He added that it is "the biggest thing in my life".

The winner of the series will win a cash prize and the chance to perform at the Royal Variety Performance.

Britain's Got Talent continues on ITV at 7.30pm on Monday.