A SPECIALIST search dog who spends his days sniffing out drugs and money has been showered with treats – after finding a suspected drug dealer hiding behind a bin.

PD Harry isn’t trained to sniff out people but that’s what he did this week after being deployed to locate drugs that may have been discarded on the streets of Gateshead.

In the early hours of Wednesday, November 4, a group of teenagers had been approached by response officers who suspected they could be involved in drug supply.

Upon seeing police they ran away from the area and a foot-chase ensued through the town centre.

One male teenager was quickly caught up with but he was not found in possession of any drugs - so specialist drugs dog Harry was deployed to see if any drugs had been thrown away.

The talented golden Labrador proved himself and left his handler shocked when he followed his nose and found a second man hiding behind a nearby bin.

Chief Inspector Sam Rennison, who oversees the work of Northumbria Police’s Dog Section, praised six-year-old PD Harry for the fantastic result.

She said: “Harry is one of our drugs dogs and so he isn’t trained in how to locate people or used to track down a suspect.

“But he has followed his nose, helped locate a suspect and that has resulted in the seizure of some cannabis and positive action taken against the teenager."

The 18-year-old man found hiding in the bin was issued a cannabis warning and released by police. No further action was taken against the 15-year-old boy stopped earlier.

Anyone who wants to report information about drug supply in their community can do so online at the Northumbria Police website.