POLICE dogs and handlers from across the country are being put through their paces at Wentworth Woodhouse in the national police dog trials.

The annual trials, open to the public, test the operational skills required of police dog teams by assessing agility, obedience, tracking and search skills.

Some 21 competitors are taking part in the three-day event, which started yesterday, and Barnsley dog handler PC Neil Losada with three-year-old Belgian Malinois Ace is competing.

This year's trials have been organised by Harry Morton, manager of South Yorkshire Police's dog training school.

He said: "This is the first time the National Police Dog Assessments have been held in South Yorkshire. It's a great honour for the force and for everyone involved.

"South Yorkshire Police have qualified for the national trials for several years. This year we have two police dogs and their handlers who have qualified to compete in the nationals and I wish both teams the very best of luck."