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Finn was stabbed by a teenager with a 12-inch hunting knife

Faithful Finn had been stabbed by a teenager with a 12-inch hunting knife and was so badly hurt that vets later had two remove two parts of his lung.

The blade narrowly missed the German Shepherd’s heart.

Despite being cut himself, both PC David Wardell and Finn never flinched from their duty when they gave chase after a suspected robbery.

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The blade narrowly missed Finn’s heart


I was in fear of my life, and in fear of Finn dying in front of me

PC David Wardell


The officer said: “It was the largest knife I’ve ever seen.

“Finn didn’t let go at all of the suspect. I was in fear of my life, and in fear of Finn dying in front of me.”

Recalling the most harrowing event in his police career, the officer spoke about giving evidence at the 16 year old attacker’s youth court trial this week.

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Vets later had to remove two parts of Finn’s lung

He said: “It was very emotional, something that will be forever on my mind – it wasn’t difficult to relive those moments.

“It’s such a huge relief to have actually got into that room and given evidence because I wasn’t sure we’d actually get to that point.

“It’s not a difficult incident for me to relay, it’s probably the most harrowing that’s ever happened to me.

“And to have my faithful friend and partner go through that – if you asked me to relive it in ten years’ time, I could do it exactly the same.”

Finn has retired from active duty with Hertfordshire Police but his name is destined to be associated with legislation that will see criminals attacking service dogs and horses on duty getting tougher sentences.

Calls for Finn’s Law have already received the support of a 127,000 strong petition and is bound to be back on the agenda after the general election.

PC Wardell said: “There is a campaign running and it will be down to the Government of the day whether they make changes to the laws that currently exist.”

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Finn has retired from active duty

The teenager, who cannot be named, has been warned that all sentencing options remain open, including custody, after being found guilty of causing actual bodily harm to PC Wardell, and criminally damaging the police dog during the incident in Stevenage last October.

Earlier, the boy, who comes from South London, had admitted possession of a knife…

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