Tsar – sniffing out the suspects of crime

Two suspected criminals were ‘collared’ after a newly qualified police dog tracked them through fields and farmland.

In the early hours of Sunday (June 27th) a red Nissan X-Trail was being pursued by Kent Police before it crossed in to Sussex.

Sussex officers went to help out and found the vehicle abandoned in Buckholt Lane, Bexhill, with a Motocross bike which was believed to be stolen in the rear.

PC Toby Spires, of the Surrey and Sussex Dog Unit, deployed PD Tsar, who indicated that the suspects had fled over a gate and across a field and there were two distinct sets of footprints in the grass.

Despite numerous distractions, PD Tsar led his handler over a fence line and through a hole which had been created in the foliage of the bordering woodland. He then continued onto a farm track, where the two suspects were detained and arrested by assisting officers.

Two men aged 20 and 21, both from St Leonards, were arrested on suspicion of multiple offences and are being processed by Kent Police.

PD Tsar is a 16-month-old German Shepherd general purpose dog who licensed only last month.

PC Spires said: “Since he was assigned to me in December, PD Tsar has impressed me from day one with his drive and determination. He’s a young dog still and has been a handful, but he’s gaining confidence every day with training and live jobs.”

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