You may remember Finn the Police Dog who we have featured previously on Jammy Toast after he was seriously injured defending his handler from a knife wielding burglar. Finn was nearly knifed to death saving his partner and is now to receive the animal George Cross – a PDSA Gold Medal. German shepherd Finn and PC Dave Wardell had cornered a robbery suspect when Finn was knifed twice with a 10in blade. PC Wardell said: “In a split second I saw the man lunge at Finn. As he pulled away I saw a 10in blade, covered in Finn’s blood. The man then lunged at me but Finn, despite being seriously hurt, grabbed hold of the suspect and stopped him landing a fatal blow. My hand was cut and Finn’s head sliced open. His grip remained, pulling at the suspect’s leg to stop him from escaping over a fence.”
We always consider ourselves to be law abiding citizens here at Jammy Toast, but there was a time this was put to the test. Chimpton reminded us the other day of the day Jammy Toast was indeed raided by the Police. Now before all your minds start running away with you, it was not a drugs raid. The Police had not had a tip-off about Chimpton’s secret cake stash or Razzi’s porn collection – this was something much more serious. So-much-so that if it happened today we would probably have been carted off in handcuffs and Theresa May would chalk up another victim to her Investigative Powers Act.
We had a great Christmas day yesterday, eating turkey and scoffing sweets and of course the bears eating their Jammy Toast – just generally having a great festive time. I even spent half-an-hour trying to get a whistle from a cracker to make a whistling noise before eventually realising it was a sellotape dispenser. Much to the amusement of everyone. In fact, a good time was had by all and even though we learned that George Michael had died later in the day, even that didn’t ruin the high spirits. However, this morning we heard the sad story of the Milk Carton Kids mystery…
We received an e-mail the other day from the UK Government. Here at Jammy Toast we are not usually in the habit of receiving messages from the government but this e-mail was concerning Finn the Police Dog. We signed the online petition calling for police animals to be given the same status as officers if they are injured at work and the e-mail was to tell us that this will now be debated in Parliament. The Finn’s Law campaign is named after the Hertfordshire police dog who, along with his handler, was stabbed in Stevenage while chasing a suspect. Finn’s Law wants people who attack police animals to face charges similar to those for attacking a person. It will now be debated on 14th November after topping 100,000 signatures in a month.
We have to admit to being animal lovers here at Jammy Toast but even we can see the justification in the case of the police deliberately running over a dog loose on the A55 in North Wales. The police say they had “no alternative” way to minimise the risk for motorists. A car and a lorry had to swerve to avoid hitting the Foxhound and one officer was bitten as he tried to catch it, according to police. In the end, they decided to kill it, by running it over at a fast enough speed to ensure it “would not suffer”.
The Police are often accused of not have a sense of humour but for once they have surpassed themselves today after receiving reports from members of the public of a man carrying a “small child” on the M60 Motorway near Manchester. It turns out the man was actually carrying a Garden Gnome. Concerned drivers contacted police after the man was spotted near junction two of the motorway in Greater Manchester. He was later arrested on suspicion of a public order offence.
Nero, a seven-year-old sable German shepherd, has spent his career catching criminals and finding missing people for the police – however, he now faces the lethal injection because tight-arsed police bosses won’t pay for his routine operation. So now he is set to be put to sleep rather than be put forward for the procedure that has a 90 per cent chance of success. His handler has been handed the heartbreaking choice on when Nero will be given a lethal injection and whether or not he wishes to accompany him on his last journey to the vet.
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