A new police dog has made a promising start to his crimefighting career by helping to detain a group of suspected burglars.

Police Dog Seth, who was licensed shortly before Christmas, was on patrol with his handler in Mansfield on Tuesday 9 January when a report came in of a violent break-in.

The pair soon began following a suspected getaway vehicle which was then pulled over by armed response officers.

Seth, an 18-month-old Belgian Malinois, was quickly on the scene to ensure compliance as four men were arrested and handcuffed.

On Sunday night Seth also helped to locate a man on the Annesley bypass after a car drove away from officers. The man was later charged with drink driving and driving without due care and attention.

Dog trainer PC Nick Dachler, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “He is a very happy, bubbly character who loves to work and even refuses to go back to the car if he still has things to do. He is very sociable in the right settings but also loyal and protective of his handler.

“He really has everything we look for to be a great police dog and I am confident we will become a real asset to the force.”

The burglary in Mansfield was reported in George Street at around 12.30pm on 9 January. Four men have since been charged with burglary with violence and remanded into custody.