An eager police dog helped secure five arrests in less than an hour in south west Birmingham in the early hours of this morning (Tuesday 7th January).
At just after 2am, 3 year old German Shepherd PD Hans and his handler PC Mark Collier were first on the scene after suspected car thieves abandoned a vehicle in Frankley after failing to stop for officers.
Leaving the car in Waterworks Drive, two men fled in the direction of the nearby churchyard. During a search of the church yard and surrounding fields, Hans led PC Collier to two suspects – aged 17 and 18 – who were swiftly arrested.
Then, at round 3am, a Vauxhall Corsa was abandoned after being spotted being driven erratically along Bristol Road, Selly Oak.
Hans helped contain three men nearby who were believed to have come from the car – which was established to have been stolen.
A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and possession of cannabis with a 20-year-old also detained in relation to theft.
Another man, aged 21, was arrested on suspicion of motoring offences, possession of cannabis and attempted theft of a motor vehicle. The trio remain in custody being questioned by officers today.