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Police dog with the 11m nose retires

Monday January 5th 2015

A Staffordshire Police dog who helped to sniff out over £11 million worth of illegal cash, guns and drugs has hung up his schnozzle.

The Force estimates that Alfie the nine-year-old springer spaniel has helped assist in around 400 arrests during his eight years in the county.

This makes his super-sensitive snout a very valuable commodity and one of the country's most successful police-helping dogs.

But your pooch doesn't have to have such abilities in order to take out Pet Insurance on them. This will give you peace of mind concerning vet bills if your own beloved animal becomes ill or injured.

Mat Derrick, an inspector with Staffordshire Police, lauded the efforts of the handler-and-dog team of Pc Julie Hargreaves and Alfie.

He called the pair "inseparable" when it came to crime-fighting. Insp Derrick described Alfie's efforts as "very busy" and called Pc Hargreaves' dog-handling abilities "outstanding".

Copyright Press Association 2015