Police dog sniffs out Salisbury burglary suspect

Police dog sniffs out Salisbury burglary suspect

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 11:17am 19th July 2019.

PD Elvis was called to an address in the Harnham area in the early hours of this morning.

Wiltshire Police received a number of calls around 3.15am today (19th July) reporting suspicious activity in the Bouverie Avenue area.

A man had been seen acting suspiciously near to a house in the street, and another caller reported they had seen a man trying car door handles in the street.

A description of the man was given to officers who attended including a dog handler and police dog Elvis.

PD Elvis and the officer tracked from the scene and located discarded clothing and a large lock knife.

The German Shepherd continued tracking into a garden and located a man, who was detained.

Bouverie Avenue
Police were called to Bouverie Avenue in Harnham in the early hours of Friday.


An 18 year old was arrested on suspicion of burglary, possession of an offensive weapon and vehicle interference and is currently in custody in Melksham for further questioning.

Dog unit Inspector James Brain said:

"This is yet another excellent example of how specialist officers, like the dog handlers, can assist officers from our local community policing teams to locate and detain suspects.

"By using the skills that our dogs are trained for regularly, PD Elvis was able to follow a scent and track through rural and urban conditions and find a number of items of interest, as well as a suspect.

"This case just shows the value of our police dogs and the contribution they can make to policing."

Dog unit van
The dog unit plays a crucial role at Wiltshire Police.


Inspector Brain has praised members of the public for reporting the incident.

"We are grateful to the members of the public who initially reported their concerns regarding suspicious activity in their area - it is vital that if people see anything suspicious that they report it via 999 as it is happening so we can swiftly attend."

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