Suspects were well and truly gripped by a police dog display.
At one stage the police helicopter and a patrol car were drafted in to assist the chase of a ‘stolen vehicle’ during a demonstration at Nostell Priory last Sunday.
But it was a four-legged crime fighter who brought the fleeing culprit to justice.
The exercise was all part of the launch of the Fireside K9 charity, which aims to help retired police dogs. Once a dog retires its handler becomes solely responsible for its care and welfare. The charity aims to assist them with medical bills.
Dog handler PC Duncan Matthews, secretary of the charity, said: “The event went brilliantly. We had a really good day and were impressed by the turnout. I guess we had about two thousand through the gate.
“The weather held out for us all day. I think it helped having the force chaplain as your chairman!”
Unfortunately, charity patron and Sky News presenter Kay Burley was too ill to attend the event, but she took to twitter to support it.
The launch event featured stalls, free micro chipping from the dogs trust and two dog competitions. Agility and obedience were tested in the morning and criminal work in the afternoon. The top dog was Ted whose handler was PC Noble from Humberside Police.
PC Matthews, 35, said: “Our main aim was to raise awareness but any funds on top of that were an extra bonus. We have probably raised about £2,000 as a result of Sunday’s event.”
That money will be ploughed into charity funds and can be applied for by visiting the charity’s website: firesidek9.org.
PC Matthews said Nostell Priory officials very happy with how the event went and had invited them back next year.