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The curious incident of the three-legged dog in the nightime

The curious incident of the three-legged dog in the nightime

Someone or some people at the Met Police press office was having a lot of fun last Friday morning, when they put out a press release about three people who were arrested in South London. It’s a run of the mill arrest, the type that happens several times every day. Nothing extraordinary about it, except the heading, which I have taken the liberty of using above:

Police in Lambeth have arrested three people after a police vehicle was rammed by a van in Tulse Hill.

At approx 2250hrs on Thursday, 24 October an unmarked police car in Cherry Close, SW2 indicated for a white Citroen van to stop after the van had triggered an ANPR activation for involvement in the theft of mopeds.

The van pulled over and the unmarked police car pulled up behind, indicating its presence by activated its blue lights. As it did this, the van reversed – ramming the police vehicle at least two times and injuring the two officers inside.

The van then made off from the scene and a short pursuit occurred with a marked police vehicle. As the vehicles travelled along Brixton Hill, again the white van rammed the police vehicle. The van was then abandoned in St Saviours Road, SW2 and the occupants fled on foot.

The details of the van’s occupants were circulated, including one particularly distinctive description of a grey haired man seen carrying a three-legged black dog.

Approximately an hour later, a Lambeth officer on patrol in Leigham Court Road, SW16 saw a blue Nissan car containing three men – one of them carrying a remarkably similar looking three-legged black dog. A quick check noted that this vehicle was registered to the same keeper as the white Citroen van.

Backup was called and the vehicle was stopped at a petrol station a short distance down the road.

Three men, aged 18, 42 and 67, were arrested for a variety of offences including GBH, failing to stop, possession of a bladed article and driving offences. They remain in custody at a south London police station.

Borough Commander for Lambeth, Chief Superintendent Matt Bell, said:

“I am thankful that the reckless actions of these people has not resulted in any serious injuries to my officers, but this incident once again demonstrates the dangerous work that police officers carry out on a daily basis.

“This series of events demonstrates the best qualities of Lambeth officers – from the bravery of those involved in the initial stop, the pursuit and arrests, to the eagle-eyed work of the officers who identified the suspects.

“I am immensely proud of their actions.”

In case you are wondering if the dog got hurt, here’s the kicker, they ended the press relase with:

= None of the officers were seriously injured during the incident.

Not a word about the dog.

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