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Post Office robbers tracked down thanks to police dog and handler

March 10, 2017
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Two masked men who robbed a rural Post Office in Nottinghamshire were tracked down thanks to the excellent work of an East Midlands Operational Support Service (EMOpSS) police dog and her handler.

Jake Hardy, 27, of no fixed address, and Liam Malone, 28, of Ropery Road, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, pleaded guilty to robbery and aggravated vehicle taking when they appeared at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday (Thursday 9 March 2017).

Hardy was jailed for four years and three months and Malone was sentenced to three years and three months.

The robbery took place at the Post Office in Stockwith Road, Walkeringham, at around 9am on Tuesday 7 February 2017.

The court heard how Hardy and Malone threatened a female member of staff with a hammer before making off with about £1,200 in cash. They fled in a car stolen from the woman. It was found abandoned a short distance away.

PC Gregor Robbie and Police Dog (PD) Grace arrived at the scene about an hour after the robbery to start their track of the robbers.

They continued to track for nearly two hours across fields and farmland and through woodland and ditches.

Five-year-old German Shepherd bitch Grace, who has been operational for about three-and-a-half years, found two items of clothing which had been discarded in a stream under a bridge.

PC Robbie and PD Grace had to find their way across a canal as they continued their track which led them to an outbuilding in a field where Hardy and Malone were found hiding within.

After they were detained PC Robbie and PD Grace returned to the building where clothing and a bundle of bank notes from the robbery were found.

Speaking after the sentencing PC Robbie said: "It was a great job which recognises the excellent work our police dogs do.

"If Grace hadn't been there we wouldn't have caught the suspects. The distance tracked in the end, from the stolen vehicle being found to finding the suspects, was over five kilometres in the end – over three miles!"

Inspector Annie Reavley, from the EMOpSS Dog Unit, added: "Superb tracking and tenacity was demonstrated by Greg and Grace which produced a fantastic result."

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