Hero police dog's award for bravery
A police dog repeatedly slashed with a knife as he twice brought an armed assailant to the ground has received a bravery award.
Bacca was presented with the PDSA's Gold Medal - which the charity sees as the animal equivalent of the George Cross - in Birmingham yesterday.
The now retired West Mercia Police dog sustained multiple injuries as he continued to tackle a man armed with a 10-inch knife, even after his handler PC Mike Davey had been stabbed.
PC Davey, who has also now retired from the force, was hurt while responding to reports of a man acting in a violent manner in Bromyard, Herefordshire, in the early hours of June 6, 2018.
Acting to protect several bystanders, PC Davey released Bacca in an attempt to disarm the man, who was seen to harm himself.
A man charged in connection with the incident later died before he was due to stand trial.