Heroic police dog tracks down suspected Sunderland knifeman who attacked car with women inside

A heroic police dog tracked down a suspected knifeman who was believed to have used a meat cleaver to attack a car with two women inside.

Wednesday, 13th January 2021, 1:20 pm
Updated Wednesday, 13th January 2021, 1:20 pm
PD Seth followed a trail and led police straight to the discarded weapon on a country track.

Officers were called to the Silkworth area of Sunderland at around 6.30pm on Tuesday, January 12, following a report that a man was in possession of a bladed weapon.

It was reported that the man had used the cleaver to attack a stationary car which had two women inside, before continuing the attack on the front door of a house.

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Police have seized the cleaver which is reported to have been used by a man to attack a stationary car which had two females inside.

A police search was immediately carried out in a bid to locate the man, with police dog Seth on hand to offer his assistance.

In a matter of minutes, the Belgian Malinois had followed a trail that led police straight to the discarded weapon on a country track.

With the cleaver safely seized, officers and the National Police Air Service (NPAS) were able to track a man’s movements in nearby woodland.

A 28-year-old man was subsequently arrested on suspicion of affray and remains in police custody at this time.

Detective Sergeant Emma Martin, of Northumbria Police, said: “Incidents such as this can cause inevitable concern within the community, so I am delighted that a suspect was detained and the suspected weapon seized so quickly.

“Nobody was injured as a result of this incident but this is something we're taking seriously and must have been terrifying for the victims.

“After the initial report came in to us, what followed was some excellent police work between a number of officers – as well as the assistance of our brilliant Dog Section and NPAS.

“We are continuing to carry out a number of inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the disturbance and will continue to speak to a man in connection with the incident today.

“I’d like to thank members of the public for their support and cooperation during this incident, as well as our officers, staff and of course PD Seth who all played their part in bringing this to a swift and peaceful conclusion.”

If you see anything suspicious in your community, report it via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of the Northumbria Police website or by calling 101. In an emergency or if a crime is happening, ring 999.

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