Nottinghamshire Police dog run over and killed by police car

Rebus Image copyright Nottinghamshire Police
Image caption Rebus was chasing after suspects when he was struck by a 4x4 police vehicle

A police dog has died after it was struck by a police vehicle while chasing suspects in what officers have called a "tragic accident".

Four-year-old Rebus was part of a pursuit after a failure to stop for police at about 03:00 BST on Wednesday.

He was sent after suspects on Nottingham's Colwick Loop Road where he was hit by a 4x4 vehicle. He died by his handler's side.

Police said the driver of the vehicle is "understandably distressed".

Three teenage boys, two aged 15 and one aged 17, were arrested during the incident on suspicion of theft and are still in custody.

'Loyal companion'

Nottinghamshire Police held a memorial on Wednesday to pay tribute to the canine's four years of service, in which Det Ch Con Sue Fish laid a wreath.

Ch Insp Andy Hall, of the East Midlands Operational Support Service (EMOpSS), said: "This incident is being fully and actively reviewed, and we await the findings.

"I take the view at this time, however, that it appears to have been a tragic accident.

"A valued police dog and a loyal companion, Rebus certainly would have known he was loved."

Image copyright Nottinghamshire Police
Image caption Ch Insp Andy Hall called Rebus a "fine police dog" and a "loyal companion"

Ch Insp Hall said the driver is being supported by colleagues.

Since the launch of EMOpSS, Rebus - a German Shepherd, Belgian Shepherd-cross - had attended 313 incidents.

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