A STATUE has been unveiled at West Mercia Police's Hindlip headquarters celebrating the efforts of police dogs and their handlers.

Police and crime commissioner John Campion and assistant chief constable Martin Evans officially unveiled the statue, which was created by Ironworks sculptor Luke Kite, which is made from seized knives and decommissioned guns as well as objects such as dog bowls and whistles.

Mr Campion said: “Police dogs are a hugely important part of their police service. I would like to extend my thanks to the Ironworks for this incredible reminder of the hard work, dedication and bravery of the dogs.”

Chief constable Anthony Bangham said “It is an honour to be able to recognise the hard work and dedication of the police dogs and their trainers and officers that deal with them on a daily basis.

“Incorporating the items from amnesties makes the tribute even more appropriate to the force and what it represents.”

Clive Knowles, chairman of The British Ironwork Centre, said: “We felt that this project was a natural fit for us to support West Mercia Police and to use some of the knives left over from building the Knife Angel.

"We are always keen to support West Mercia Police, as they were the first constabulary that helped us with our National Anti Violence Campaign.”