A BARNSLEY police dog managed to track down a man who had stolen a car during a burglary in Birdwell last week.

On Friday morning, roads policing officers, supported by dog handlers, were patrolling the streets of Penistone and surrounding villages after police were made aware of a series of burglaries and thefts of cars.

Two officers spotted a car driving at high speed at the Silkstone Roundabout - and the driver tried to make his escape through back lanes, even throwing a bag from his car towards the officers.

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “The vehicle, which had just been taken during a burglary in Birdwell, was located a short time later, abandoned.

“PD Taz saw this as his opportunity to get involved and carried out a great track, locating the suspect hiding in a field.

“Our colleagues from the National Police Air Service kindly shone their big torch on Taz’s prisoner, so that he could get out the field safely.

“A 36-year-old male from Barnsley was arrested on suspicion of burglary, theft from motor vehicle, driving while disqualified and dangerous driving.

“After a chat with Barnsley CID, he was charged and remanded to appear in court.”