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Police dogs to be honoured

A sculpture has been commissioned by West Mercia Police to honour the service of police dogs within the force.

Created by the British Ironworks Centre in Oswestry, the sculpture will be made of knives and decommissioned guns, which have been seized or surrendered to police, as well as items relating to dogs including training equipment, leads, whistles and dog bowls.

It is hoped the structure will be completed by the beginning of March, when it will become a permanent feature at the force's headquarters at Hindlip Hall near Worcester.Clive Knowles with PC Craig Prewer Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window
Clive Knowles with PC Craig Prewer

Speaking about the commission, Deputy Chief Constable Amanda Blakeman of West Mercia Police, said: "We are delighted that British Ironworks Centre agreed to create this sculpture and I have, no doubt, that it will be as poignant as the world famous knife angel.

"Our dogs are part of the police family; we see them as our colleagues who dedicate their lives to ensuring their communities and our officers are protected each and every day.

"We wanted to be part of creating something to truly honour and recognise the service, bravery and loyalty of our dogs"

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said: "Police dogs are a vital part of policing in West Mercia. It is only right that they are honoured in such a way. The sculpture will act as a lasting reminder of what a great job police dogs do for our community."

An official unveiling of the sculpture will take place once it has been completed.

Pictured: Clive Knowles - Chairman of the British Ironwork Centre, Craig Prewer - West Mercia Police,  Alfie - Springer Spaniel, Falco - German Shepherd.

Issued: 4.25pm, Thursday 17 January, HCB, Corporate Communications

Published 17/01/19