Nick leads Lincoln to fourth place

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ONE man and his dog are celebrating after achieving fourth place in the National Police Dog Trials.

Bury St Edmunds dog handler Nick Self and his dog Lincoln competed against 21 other teams in front of a crowd of 10,000 at Trinity Park in Ipswich on April 16 and 17.

Master and dog were put through a gruelling series of exercises which tested abilities such as tracking, searching, weapon attack, obedience and crowd control.

Suffolk’s other entrant, Pc Tony Russell, finished 18th.

Sgt Mick Hart, of Suffolk Constabulary’s Dog Section, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the success of this weekend’s event.

“Each of the 22 competitors performed extremely well in some very difficult tests, and we saw some fantastic skills demonstrated by representatives from forces all over the UK.

“Police handlers and dogs provide a key aspect of everyday operational policing and the national trials allow us to celebrate this and for forces to share best practice.

“Nick and Tony did a great job of representing Suffolk and continued our excellent track record of qualifying for, and competing at national level.”