Book signing in Welwyn Garden City with ‘fabulous’ hero police dog Finn

PUBLISHED: 18:24 14 March 2018 | UPDATED: 18:24 14 March 2018

PC Dave Wardell with the very fabulous Finn at his side. Picture: Quercus Publishing

PC Dave Wardell with the very fabulous Finn at his side. Picture: Quercus Publishing

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PC Dave Wardell will tell of his adventures with his canine colleague Finn at a book signing in Welwyn Garden City this month.

PC Dave Wardell with police dog Finn. Picture: Martin ElveryPC Dave Wardell with police dog Finn. Picture: Martin Elvery

Readers have the chance to meet – and hopefully pet – one of the country’s most revered canine heroes at Waterstones on Saturday March 31.

PC Wardell’s police dog Finn was stabbed in the line of duty in October 2016 when a suspect he and the PC were chasing turned on him with a 12-inch combat knife in Stevenage.

The badly injured dog hung onto the suspect despite his terrible wounds and after much surgery he lived to wag his tail.

This is just one of the stories recalled in PC Wardell and Lynne Barrett-Lee’s new book ‘Fabulous Finn: The Brave Police Dog who Came Back from the Brink’.

PC Dave Wardell and police dog FinnPC Dave Wardell and police dog Finn

For seven years, Finn and Dave tracked everyone from murderers, rapists, burglars, missing persons, thieves and assault suspects in the line of duty.

His story has inspired a fundraising walk in Welwyn Garden City, which took place in 2016 in aid of an animal shelter.

READ MORE: Welwyn Garden City fundraising dog walk in support of police dog and handler who were stabbed

Since then he has had national press attention and was lauded as the 2017 IFAW Animal of the Year.

Finn recovering at home after undergoing life-saving surgery. Picture: Dave WardellFinn recovering at home after undergoing life-saving surgery. Picture: Dave Wardell

Finn stepped into a well-deserved retirement in January 2017.

The book signing will take place at 2pm at Waterstones in Welwyn Garden City.

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