Police dog helps catch suspected robbers after 65-year-old man hit over the head and mugged in Sunderland

Two suspected robbers have been arrested after a man was hit over the head and mugged in Sunderland.

Police were called to the Emsworth Road area shortly before 1am on Monday following a report that a 65-year-old man had been mugged.

It was reported that the man had been hit over the head by two offenders who then stole his watch, money and trainers before making off.

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Officers arrived at the scene along with police dog Roxy who quickly picked up the alleged offenders’ scent.

The Belgian Malinois then led her handler away from the scene towards Newcastle Road where they located a 33-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman who aroused suspicion.

After the pair were searched, officers found some of the stolen property in their possession and they were both subsequently placed under arrest within minutes of the attack.

They were both brought into custody where they remain.

Chief Inspector Nicola Wearing, of Northumbria Police, said: “This was a nasty incident which saw a man robbed while he was walking home in the early hours of the morning.

“As soon as the incident was reported, we were quickly able to deploy resources to the scene in order to ensure the victim was OK and seize key evidence.

“Quite quickly, PD Roxy picked up a scent and this was another excellent example of the crucial role our Dog Section play in helping us to locate suspects.

“Supported by our response officers, PD Roxy and her handler followed the trail and led us straight to two suspects who were found to be in possession of some of the stolen items.

“They will be interviewed in connection with the offence later today. In the meantime, I would like to pay tribute not only to the victim and his family who reported the incident so quickly to us, but also all the officers involved.

“We will not tolerate this type of crime and this was a brilliant team effort in order to locate and arrest these suspects within just minutes of the offence being carried out.”

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Chronicle Live – Sunderland