Four men have been arrested on suspicion of immigration offences after an incident on the M1 after being tracked down by Beds police dog unit.
At 7am today, police were called to the Toddington service station off the northbound carriageway of the M1 following a report that a group of people had jumped from the back of a parked lorry.
A group of people fled the scene as officers arrived and an officer and dog from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire (BCH) Dog Unit were deployed to assist, as well as the police helicopter.
Police Dog Kane, who is the unit’s oldest dog at eight and a half years old, was used and was soon tracking.
He led his handler, PC Graham Ashby, from the forecourt of the service station and into a nearby field.
The pair then crossed a small river, entered a second field and went through bushes before reaching the bank of another river.
Kane tracked along the riverbank and located three men. A fourth person ran, entered the river and crossed to the other side.
After the detained men were taken back to other officers, PD Kane and PC Ashby returned to the waist-deep river and waded across.
The police helicopter was overhead at this stage and directed the pair towards dense undergrowth where the person was last seen.
Kane again started tracking and quickly located the person who was also then detained.
PC Ashby from the BCH Dog Unit said: “It’s an absolute pleasure to work with Kane and, although he is our oldest dog, he still has an excellent nose and brilliant agility. We work together extremely well and we’re always happy to assist other policing teams at various different incidents.
“You can now follow our team’s work on Twitter by visiting www.twitter.com/dogpoliceBCH. Here you’ll find the latest news about, and photos of, the team and our partners on four paws.”