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Stevenage police dog stabbing: Teenager charged

Police dog Finn and handler Image copyright BCH Dog Unit
Image caption Police dog Finn and his handler were stabbed in the early hours of the morning

A teenager has been charged after a police officer and his dog were stabbed while chasing a suspect.

German shepherd Finn was stabbed in the head and chest and handler PC Dave Wardell received a hand injury in Denton Road, Stevenage, on Wednesday.

A 16-year-old boy from Lewisham, south-east London, is accused of the ABH assault of the officer and criminal damage relating to the dog.

He has also been charged with possession of a knife.

A fourth charge relates to possession of a BB gun.

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Police dog Finn and PC Wardell were called to Rowland Road in the town at about 01:15 BST after a taxi company expressed concern about a passenger they had been asked to collect.

Officers said a man fled the scene when the pair arrived and, having given chase, the handler and his dog were stabbed in Denton Road.

Image copyright BCH Dog Unit
Image caption PC Dave Wardell has had Finn since he was a nine-month-old puppy

The seriously injured dog underwent four-hour emergency surgery.

A force spokesman said on Thursday that the dog was "still very sore and still recovering" but had had a short walk.

The officer was treated in hospital and discharged.

Image copyright BCH Dog Unit
Image caption Finn photographed during a training exercise in August

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