Man held over cruelty to police dog after car pursuit in Bexley

A man has been arrested on suspicion of cruelty to a police dog and theft of a motor vehicle after a pursuit in Bexley.

Officers from the Met’s South East Area Basic Command Unit (BCU) were travelling on Harrow Manorway shortly after 12.30am on Thursday when a vehicle with false number plates was spotted.

The officers switched on their blue lights signalling for the vehicle to stop, but it failed to do so and made off.

The officers began pursuing the vehicle, and were joined by colleagues from the Met’s Dog Support Unit (DSU).

During the pursuit, the suspect reversed into the DSU vehicle. The stolen car became stuck on a roundabout as a result.

One officer approached the suspect’s vehicle, deploying Police Dog Alfa, pictured, at the same time.

The officer attempted to open the door, but the suspect struggled to keep it closed – slamming it on PD Alfa’s head multiple times in the process.

The officer used his baton and managed to remove a suspect from the vehicle. The 36-year-old man was subsequently detained by PD Alfa.

He was arrested on suspicion of:

  • Failing to stop for police
  • Dangerous driving
  • Theft of a motor vehicle
  • Going equipped to commit theft
  • Criminal damage to a police vehicle
  • Driving whilst disqualified
  • Driving without insurance
  • Cruelty to an animal

He was taken to a South-east London police station where he remains in custody.

The London Ambulance Service (LAS) attended and provided medical attention to the man for an injury to his arm that he sustained when PD Alfa detained him.

PD Alfa was taken to a South-east London veterinary centre for a check-up and has been kept overnight for observation.

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