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Police dog collapses and dies from heart failure after chasing moped thieves

A police dog who collapsed and succumbed to heart failure when chasing down two moped thieves died "doing the job he loved", the Metropolitan Police has said.

Six-year-old PD Xavier Charles, better known as Stanley, "suddenly" collapsed on Sunday morning (May 21) while on duty after working alongside his handler, and "best friend", fellow police dog Stella.

The dog, who worked across London as a general purpose and firearms support animal, was described as “one of the very best police dogs” by the force.

The Met Police said it is believed Stanley died from heart failure after collapsing on the job.

Stanley “loved to work”, the force said, while he also competed in the national police dog trials in 2019, an event that tests the canines in three areas: obedience, agility, and criminal work.

In a post on Twitter, a spokesperson for the Met Police said: “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share the news of the sudden passing of one of our very own serving dogs whilst on duty.

“Six-year-old PD Xavier Charles, aka ‘Stanley’, was one of the very best police dogs who worked across London as a general purpose and firearms support dog alongside PD Stella, his best friend, & handler Pc Williams.

“A larger than life character, Stan loved to work and amassed over 280 results in his shorter than average career & making it to the national police dog trials in 2019.

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“In the early hours of Sunday morning whilst chasing down two moped thieves, Stanley collapsed and sadly passed away, believed of heart failure.

“Whilst this is still very raw, we have been asked to share this sad news to not only remember this wonderful, faithful and loyal friend.”

In response to the tweet, one well-wisher said: "Oh Stanley, bless your soul. I hope you're eating mountains of treats and chomping wrong 'uns in the heavens. You were such a good boy."

A second person added: "Fly high Stanley, who died doing the job he loved."

Moped crime has been the recent scourge of London, with more than 60 crimes using mopeds or motorbikes carried out every day in the capital on average in 2018 – a 50% increase on the 12 months previous.

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