Dogged police officer catches offender near Salisbury

Alert message sent 21/04/2017 16:18:00

Information sent on behalf of Wiltshire Police

A Wiltshire Police officer, who caught offenders last year by barking like a police dog, has done it again - but this time by pretending he had a dog in his car when he didn't. 

This morning (around 9.30am - Friday 21 April 2017) PC Steve Hutton was called to a location near Salisbury to help find a man who had breached a court order.  

Steve was parked on a building site close to the Fugglestone Red development (just off the A360), near Salisbury, looking for the suspect when he caught sight of the man.  Steve shouted that he had a police dog and told the man to give himself up; to make it more convincing PC Hutton kept shouting in to the opened back of his car: "sit, stay and lie-down" as if he had a real dog in there - however, what the wanted man didn't know was Steve was alone. 

Then, while the man 'paw-sed' wondering if Steve did have a dog, Steve managed to arrest him.   

Afterwards, PC Hutton said:  "I knew the guy would stay still if I could convince him I had a dog.  

"He couldn't see in to the back of my car, so I just walked around to the back and told my imaginary dog to keep still - luckily I didn't have to bark this time.

"When the suspect walked past my car, after we had arrested him, he then realised what had happened and that I didn't have a dog.  

"The guy really felt like he was in the dog house." 

A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of breaching a restraining order.  He is currently in custody. 

PC Hutton added:  "In all seriousness, this man was wanted for being in breach of a restraining order; people can be assured that the police are here to protect them and I will use any technique available to catch and arrest offenders -ensuring no-one comes to harm." 

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Mark Jones (Police, Media Officer, Wiltshire)

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