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Charity abseil raises £11k for retired police dogs

25 people took part in the event over the weekend.

Avon and Somerset DCC Nikki Watson was among those who abseiled from the 200ft high mast at Avon and Somerset Police’s headquarters on Saturday. 

She was accompanied by BBC Points West presenter Alex Lovell and 23 other participants. 

However, it was not only people that were taking on the challenge -  explosives search police dog, Fred, also took part. 

The event raised over £11,000 for the WAGS (Wiltshire, Avon and Somerset and Gloucestershire) Retired Police Dog Charity. 

It was WAGS ambassador Alex’s idea and was organised by Dog Unit Sergeant Nick Dalrymple and Operational Trainer Clive Bush. They were supported by Andrew Jamieson-Jerreat, a former Avon and Somerset Police dog handler who now works in force communications, who founded and chairs the WAGS charity.

Police dogs are often not eligible for pet insurance due to potential injuries they have sustained while working. This is where charities such as WAGS step in. 

Sgt Nick Dalrymple said: “This amazing charity event will make such a difference to so many former police dogs. They put their lives and limbs on the line for us every day and this money will allow WAGS to continue to provide a much-needed support system for them, so they can fully enjoy their well-earned retirement.

“We are truly grateful to our charity abseilers and for the generosity of all who donated.”

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