Firearms incidents, mass brawls and shocking domestic violence – but that is just a “steady night” for Humberside Police’s dog section.
The team live tweeted its shift from Saturday evening into the early hours of Sunday.
For most of us, reading what they faced overnight would be shocking, but for them it seems it is just another day at the office.
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Hull Live takes a look at what they tweeted and what the dogs, including PD Toby and Tom, Kodi and Roos, had to face in just 24 hours.
As previously reported, even before officially starting their shift they were called to Middleburg Street in east Hull in relation to a firearms incident.
Later they had to response to reports of three men with machetes.
Thankfully, the first incident was brought to a safe conclusion and the second turned out to be a report from someone suffering a mental health episode.
In relation to the first incident, the dog section tweeted: “PD Cody and Tom attend East Hull to relieve Team 1 at a firearms incident some 45 minutes before start of duty. Incident brought to a safe conclusion.”
In relation to the second call, the team said: “PD Sapphire deployed to search for what was described as 3 males with machetes.
“Search negative but quickly completed with Sapphire. Caller spoken to by local patrols and is suffering a mental health episode. Currently receiving help.”
Sniffer dog Toby was also called out after officers arrested a driver and seized his car.
The dog section said: “First job is a request from our Roads Crime Team colleagues and it’s for this little man. PD Toby, a 5 year old detection dog that’s been with his handler since he was 8 weeks.
“A drivers been arrested and his car has been seized. Toby’s nose is needed for this one.”
In a more light-hearted moment, the team helped someone dealing with a man rather worse for wear.
The team tweeted: “PD Kodi & Roos stopped to help a member of public dealing with a drunken male. All in good spirits, apparently I am ‘ cute like a teletubbie‘."
A suspicious car was then searched with PD Toby sniffing out any potentially dodgy items, such as drugs. While there was nothing in the car, the driver was carrying suspect items.
The team tweeted: “Another search of a car for PD Toby, this one was negative. Driver has been arrested due to items found on him.”
The team then came across a rather worrying sight. A car had been abandoned after an apparent accident and it appeared someone had been injured.
The tweet said: “Car abandoned in Hull with collision damage and blood inside but no occupants. Area checked by PD Tom for any injured persons.”
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It appears someone took a criminal route to address the issue and used a quad bike they left behind.
The team tweeted: “Busy busy night for PD Kodi & Roos. Attended report of fuel theft. Offenders left this behind, plenty of forensics opportunities.”
There have also been a sharp increase in moped and scooter thefts in Hull recently and there were more issues last night.
The dog section tweeted: “Report of robbery, moped stolen. Stopped a moped leaving area who reports being a victim of an attempt robbery of his moped in same area.
“Two victims now being dealt with and evidence being obtained, numerous patrols and 2 dog patrols out searching for the suspects.”
There was major drama in the early hours with reports of a group of up to 40 people scrapping in Hull.
“One dog unit diverted to 40 people fighting,” the tweet said. “ CCTV monitoring.
“While giving first aid to a casualty from the fight the stolen moped passes. The casualty was our priority, he is now receiving medical attention for a head injury.”
Meanwhile, the moped was spotted once more but managed to get away with a dangerous manoeuvre
Stolen moped sighted again and fails to stop,” the team tweeted. “Moped is pursued with PD Sapphire, at a press of a button, ready to go. The moped continues on the wrong carriageway but we deem it safe enough to continue, unfortunately it dips down a narrow pedestrian walkway.”
The dog section sadly had to deal with more violence on Jameson Street in Hull city centre.
The team tweeted: “Report of disorder, male badly injured and suspect has ran off. Suspect found hiding behind a high wall which he has jumped and caused injury to himself by doing so. Victim of assault with ambulance.”
There were then reports of a burglary but it turned out to be an awkward situation.
“Report of a burglary in progress,” the dog section tweeted, “male attempting to climb through window. Two units and dog patrol on scene within minutes. Male detained. Appears he’s lost his keys. Call to Police with good intent.”
There was another report of a burglary but the dog team arrived just too late.
The tweet said: “PD Kodi and Roos attended report of males trying to break into plant machinery. Lucky for them they were on their toes prior to our attendance.”
The team were then called to a depressingly all-too common incident of domestic abuse.
Assistance call made by officers struggling with a violent male arrested on suspicion of assaulting his partner,” the tweet said. “PD Sapphire deployed and male complied. Male taken to custody.”
The team then spotted another damaged vehicle just left in the street.
The tweet said: “Abandoned vehicle in the road, two torn tyres. Vehicle not insured, no current keeper details, but ID and other evidence in car. Recovery on its way and we will do some enquiries in the meantime.”
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Attentions then turned to reports of two males, separately, having gone missing with the dog section asked to help find them.
They team tweeted details of what information they had and how they approached the search.
“Enquiries with CCTV and by other means have allowed us to know the possible identity of one and units are checking his home address,” the tweet explained. “The other has been seen by witnesses to walk away from the area appearing fine and well.
“Two dog units have searched woodland, car parks and other areas following concerns for the welfare of two males in the area of Humber Bridge. (Males not connected to each other).”
The dog section was then tasked to a potentially volatile situation.
“Report of 6 males, one with a weapon, outside an address shouting at the occupant,” the team tweeted. “Six males seen leaving and ran from a patrol.
“We have attended and stopped a number of people in the area. Other units are completing enquiries. Victim is being looked after.”
The team later responded to reports of a burglary at a business although they did not say where.
As it turned out it was a false alarm due to dedicated workers!
“PD Tom attended a reported commercial burglary,” the tweet said. “Security have seen people within and heard banging, confirming no one should be in. They let us on site.
“The staff who had come in on a Sunday for overtime due to high workloads were pleased with our response time!”
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The team were then called to an empty property which has been a target for burglars in recent weeks.
“PD Sapphire searched gardens following a reported burglary to an empty residential premise,” the team tweeted. “No entry gained, however damage caused to a window. No people located in the gardens.
“Last week PD Puck had attended the same address. Two people had come out when challenged, a third was found by PD Puck hiding inside. The local neighbourhood team are dealing with the issue, the property has since had the ground floor doors/windows shuttered to prevent entry.”
Despite the drama, the shift ended in typical mundane fashion with necessary paperwork.
The final tweet said: “One minute left of the shift, parked up whilst using our laptops to complete the necessary paperwork for the shift. Dogs all need a good chilled out run after this before we set off home for their breakfast. Think they’ve all earned it!”
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