Police dog stabbed in Stevenage overnight makes it through surgery

Police dog Finn has made it through surgery.

Police dog Finn has made it through surgery. - Credit: Archant

The police dog stabbed during a series of incidents in Stevenage overnight has just come out of surgery – and the operation is being hailed as a success.

PC David Wardell with Finn

PC David Wardell with Finn - Credit: richard young

Specialist vets performed the life-saving operation on seven-year-old German shepherd Finn at a vetinary surgery near Hitchin.

Officers were first called to Featherston Road in Stevenage at 10.55pm last night to reports a taxi driver had been robbed at gunpoint.

The driver had driven his cab to the road and picked up a man who threatened him with what police believe was a hand gun.

The driver stopped the car and ran from the scene. The passenger stole cash from the cab and then ran off.


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Brave Finn and his handler PC David Wardell were stabbed in Denton Road, Stevenage, around 1.15am as they chased a suspect – after officers received a call from a taxi company relating to reports a driver had been robbed at gunpoint hours earlier.

The pair gave chase but PC Wardell received an injury to his hand, with Finn suffering a wound to his head and chest.

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Beds, Cambs and Herts Police Dog Unit confirmed that Finn has just come out of surgery after four hours.

The operation appears to have been a success and he’ll now be closely monitored.

Five people have been arrested in connection with the incidents.

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