You can run, but you can’t hide.
That’s what two men in possession of knives discovered when they were tracked by a police dog in Crawley.
About 11.39pm on Friday 12 April, police were alerted to a house alarm going off in Malthouse Road, in Southgate.
Two men were seen in the front garden of the property and were later spotted running down an alleyway.
PC Andy Dunkling, of the Sussex Police Dog Unit, attended with his canine counterpart PD Lewis, who tracked the suspects’ scent to nearby Southgate Drive, where they were stopped and detained with the assistance of Crawley Response Unit officers.
Both were in possession of a knife, which they claimed they carried for protection.
The men were identified as Pavel Iwaniuk, 37, a maintenance engineer, of Southgate Drive, Crawley, and Lucas Rudieczko, 33, a factory worker, of Broomdashers Road, Crawley.
The suspects were each arrested and charged with possession of a knife in public, and pleaded guilty to the offence at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on Monday 29 April.
They were each sentenced to 12 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work in the next 12 months. They also each had to pay £85 costs and a £115 victim surcharge.
The knives were seized and destroyed.
Both defendants claimed they were not aware it is an offence to carry a bladed article in a public place, but insisted they would not do it again.
18-month-old PD Lewis is a German Shepherd general purpose police dog trained in tracking, searching, chasing, detaining and property recovery.
His handler, PC Dunkling, said: “Since becoming operational, PD Lewis has had a number of results already and is shaping up to be a great working dog.”
Author: Sam Satchell
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