A police dog has been praised by officers after it helped sniff out a burglary suspect – who was found hiding under a hedge.
At about 3.40am on Monday police received a report that intruders had broken in to a residential property on Brinkburn Street in Sunderland.
Emergency services were dispatched to the scene but upon their arrival the men fled the area.
As officers attempted to detain them, one of the offenders threw an unknown substance at police in a bid to escape.
A 32-year-old man was arrested after attempting to take refuge on a roof but the other offenders got away.
It was then over to PC Paul Atkinson and his police dog Obi to pick up the scent and within minutes he found a second suspect hiding under a nearby hedge.
The 33-year-old suspect was also arrested after being confronted by the German Shepherd.
And now a top cop has praised the work of the responding officers and thanked PD Obi for his support.
Chief Inspector Paul Walters, of Northumbria Police, said: “Our Dog Section are a great asset when responding to this type of call and PD Obi really proved his worth.
“He deserves all the treats he can get his mouth on but it really was a team effort between response officers and our specialists departments.
“It is believed these offenders had travelled from outside of our region to commit an offence so it really was a good job to get two people arrested.
“The officers responded very quickly and they have acted bravely when confronted with people who were determined to escape.
“Some kind of noxious substance was thrown at police but thankfully none of those officers in attendance were injured.
“An investigation into this burglary will continue but I hope our quick response reassures residents about our commitment to keep them safe.”
Both men arrested have since been released under investigation pending further enquiries.
Anyone with information about the incident, or who witnessed anyone acting suspiciously in the area at the time, is asked to call police on 101 quoting log 84 28/10/19.
You can also report online at the Northumbria Police website or call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.