Reward for dog-handler and his talented tracker

Dedicated: Chief Superintendent Andy Brooke presents Neil Pearson, and Ash, with their certificate.
Dedicated: Chief Superintendent Andy Brooke presents Neil Pearson, and Ash, with their certificate.
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Police dog handler Sergeant Neil Pearson - and his trusty sidekick Ash the Alsatian - have been commended for their dedication and professionalism after burglars struck at a South Yorkshire business.

Sgt Pearson responded immediately when a call came in to say premises on Oaks Lane, Barnsley, had been broken into.

By the time he and Ash arrived the burglars had scarpered.

But, undeterred, Sgt Pearson and his faithful friend set off to track them over rough country and in snowy conditions.

Ash used his special skills to follow the route the burglars had taken – and two men were traced to an address in Kendray, Barnsley.

Inside, a cash tin and items taken in the burglary were all recovered.

Chief Superintendent Andy Brooke, who presented Sgt Pearson with a certificate of commendation - to be shared with Ash - said: “This was an excellent piece of police work, combining the skills of police dog and handler.

“The result was that suspects were caught, along with property suspected to be taken from the business premises.

“This sort of determination and dedication to duty is what is contributing to reductions in crime in Barnsley.”

Shane Watson, aged 18, of Reginald Road, Barnsley, has appeared at court where he pleaded guilty to burglary.

He was sentenced to a four-month curfew and 80 hours of voluntary work. He must wear an electronic tag and pay £100 in compensation.

A 23-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to the same charge, and is due to appear in court in June.