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Dog to sniff out stashes of cash

PC Stuart O’Malley with Gem, PC Paul McIlroy and Rocco and PC Steven Randall and Isla (L-R)
Pc Stuart O'Malley with Gem, Pc Paul McIlroy and Rocco and Pc Steven Randall and Isla (L-R)

A dog primed solely to sniff out criminals' cash has been unveiled by police in Fife.

Rocco, an 18-month-old cocker spaniel, will greet people off the ferry from Zeebrugge at Rosyth, to sniff out notes which may be proceeds of crime.

Rocco, originally an unwanted pet, has just completed six weeks of training with handler Pc Paul McIlroy.

Sgt Davy McKelvie, of Fife Constabulary, said such dogs helped seize £3m last year.

The spaniel's nose is able to seek out large amounts of euro and sterling notes where huge quantities of cash are often found along with the illegal substances. He has also been trained to detect drugs and will be trained to find firearms.

His main area of work will be drugs operations.

Other recent recruits to the force's 26-strong dog section are cocker spaniel sisters, seven-month-old's Isla and Gem.

Gem and Isla were bred in the Borders and originally intended to be gun dogs.



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