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Burglary suspects arrested after police dog swims across river

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PD Ivy
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Two men have been arrested on suspicion of a string of burglaries after a police dog swam across a river to apprehend them.

Police were called to reports of two men seen acting suspiciously in Bulford Mill Lane, Cressing just after 2.30pm on May 7, 2016.

The men made off towards nearby Black Notley and the police helicopter and police dog Ivy and her handler were called to search for them.

German Shepherd Ivy tracked for three quarters of a mile to locate two men in woodland.

The men made off in opposite directions. The first was arrested nearby by local officers on the ground while Ivy pursued the second, swimming across a small river to find a man up a tree.

Ivy detained the man until local officers arrived.

Two men, both aged 24-year-old man, were both arrested on suspicion of one count of theft and six counts of burglary.

The men, one of no fixed address in the Brentwood area and the other of no fixed address in the Chelmsford area, have both been released on bail pending further investigation until July 20, 2016.