Ruff justice! Suspected motorbike thief tracked to hiding place by police dog Buzz

By Ben Fitzgerald - 14 August 2019

Crime

Police dog Buzz helped locate a teenager last night who was arrested on suspicion of multiple driving offences.

At approximately 11pm on Tuesday 13 August, an off-road motorbike was seen by officers being ridden dangerously in the Broadgreen area. 

The bike was lost to sight near the County Ground, before the rider was later spotted again near Shrivenham Road where he abandoned the bike and ran from officers.  

Officers gave chase and the boy ran off towards Ocotal Way. Buzz and his handler were deployed - they tracked from the bike and found the suspect hiding in bushes nearby.  

The 15-year-old boy from Liden was arrested on suspicion of theft of a motorbike, driving with no insurance and no licence and dangerous driving. 

He was taken to custody at Gablecross police station where he remains for questioning and the bike was seized as part of police enquiries. 

PC Jon Harwood said: “We are aware of the issues involving anti-social and illegal motorcycle usage in various areas around the town at the moment.

"This kind of behaviour can have a really negative impact on local communities, not to mention the dangers involved not just for the individuals committing the offences, but for other road users and pedestrians.

“I am pleased that we have been able to locate and arrest an individual in connection with a number of incidents, and we were grateful to Police Dog Buzz for his excellent skills in tracking the suspect down despite his attempts to hide from officers in bushes.” 

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