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Thursday, 18 September 2014

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Barrow youngsters learn how canine crimefighters collar criminals

CANINE crime-fighters wowed Barrow pupils with their skills during a visit to their school.

Children from Newbarns Primary School were amazed by police dogs Alfie, Dexter and trainee Bronn when they took part in demonstrations in the playground on Tuesday.

Police dog handler, PC Glenn Myerscough, introduced his four-legged colleagues to a nursery class and Year One children.

Alfie is a spaniel who is specially trained to detect drugs and firearms, while Dexter, a German shepherd, is a top general purpose pursuit dog. Dexter is coming up for retirement next year and youngster Bronn is his replacement. Bronn is in training with PC Myerscough.

PC Myerscough and his dogs have featured on Channel 5 TV programme Police Interceptors.

The three and four-year-olds in the nursery class learnt about how PC Myerscough cares for his dogs, safety around dogs, and the general work of the police.

The visitors were then able to help Year One with their topic about the senses.

Sniffer dog Alfie demonstrated his brilliant sense of smell by sniffing out hidden items in the playground.

Teachers also donned protective equipment for a demonstration of how Dexter could grab hold of a fleeing criminal.

The five and six-year-olds were impressed with the dogs’ quick responses to the commands of PC Myerscough.

They were also able to give the dogs a stroke when they had finished their demonstrations.

Year One teacher, Rachel Dixon thanked PC Myerscough for coming to the school and providing a great activity for some 22 nursery children and 60 children in Year One.

Miss Dixon said: “It was a really exciting opportunity for our younger children to find out about the work of the police and police dogs.

“For Year One it was the perfect way to conclude our topic about the five senses.”

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