Police dog recovering after being stabbed trying to detain alleged kidnappers

Police on Meadow Bank Road on Thursday.
Police on Meadow Bank Road on Thursday.
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A police dog which was stabbed while trying to detain alleged kidnappers is recovering from his injuries.

The dog was attacked after a 39-year-old man was knifed inside a Fiat Punto at a perol station on Stadium Way, Rotherham, before the vehicle fled the scene.

Police gave chase to the car and was stopped by officers on Meadow Bank Road, Deepdale, just before 8.10pm on Thursday.

The injured 39-year-old man inside the car was taken to hospital where has was treated for serious stab wounds.

He remains in hospital in a stable condition.

Another 39-year-old man who was in the Punto, was arrested on Meadow Bank Road on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to resist arrest, kidnap and grievous bodily harm.

Gareth Slater.

Gareth Slater.

A police dog used as part of the attempts to detain the man, suffered a stab wound during the incident and was taken to the vets for treatment.

Supt Simon Wanless said: "The police dog is fine after a little treatment. He’s enjoying a night off tonight but will be back on the front line next week - handlers okay too."

Detectives are hoping to trace Gareth Slater, 32, in connection with the incident.

The man arrested, who is from the Rawmarsh area, also sustained wounds from a dog bite and was taken to hospital to be treated.

He has since been released from hospital and currently remains in police custody.

An air weapon was also recovered from the scene on Meadow Bank Road but police said there were no shots fired at any point during the incident.

Officers believe Slater, who is known to frequent the Rawmarsh and Parkgate areas, may also have been in the car at Parkgate and are keen to locate and speak to him.

Acting Det Insp Aneela Khalil-Khan said: “We have made various attempts since last night to locate Gareth Slater, and I would advise the public to not approach him and just call police on 999 if you see him or know of his whereabouts.

“I fully understand how concerning this incident will be to our communities, and I want to offer my assurance we are treating it as a priority.

“An investigation is ongoing and numerous enquiries have already been carried out to understand the exact circumstances, however we do believe this may have been a targeted attack.

“High visibility police patrols have been taking pace throughout today and will continue over the coming days to offer reassurance, and anyone with concerns I would encourage to please get in touch with us.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111, quoting incident number 977 of June 28.