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Police dog saved thief from river

Grampian Police car
A female police officer and the dog both jumped in to save Lyon

A would-be thief was rescued by a police dog after jumping into a river in a bid to escape justice.

Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard Glen Lyon was spotted acting suspiciously near two houses in Bridge of Don last month.

He was chased by police officers before jumping into the river, where he was dragged to safety by the dog.

Lyon, from Peterculter, pleaded guilty to intending to steal from the houses, and to attempting to pervert the course of justice. Sentence was deferred.

The court heard officers chased Lyon from a property on Balgownie Road before he ran underneath a nearby bridge and jumped into the river.

He struggled to stay afloat, so the police dog was sent in after him.

On bail

The dog helped pull him through strong currents until he managed to grab a tree.

He was then pulled to the river bank by a female police officer who also jumped in to save him.

The drama was filmed by passers-by on their mobile phones.

Lyon, who has previous convictions for stealing from the homes of pensioners while they were out gardening, admitted being on the grounds of two properties with intent to steal on 23 July.

He further admitted attempting to pervert the course of justice by entering the water at River Don Estuary and swimming away from police officers to avoid being captured, and to committing the offences while on bail.

His not guilty pleas to repeatedly pulling a police dog under water and committing a breach of the peace by struggling with police officers was accepted by the Crown.

Sentence on Lyon was deferred until next month and he was ordered to carry out a drug testing and treatment order.

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