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Lewisham drugs raid Met police officer stabs dog to death

aerial view of Lonsdale Close in Lewisham
Image caption Police were called to a property in Lonsdale Close in Lewisham

A dog has been stabbed to death by a Met police officer during a drugs search in Lewisham, south-east London.

It happened after police executed a drugs search warrant on a property in Lonsdale Close, at about 06:20 GMT.

A trainee detective constable, aged 39, was bitten by a dog which clamped its jaws onto his leg, police said.

"The dog was stabbed with a knife by an officer at the scene and has died as a result of its injuries," a Scotland Yard spokesman said.

"Due to growing concern for the officer's safety and an inability to control or remove the animal, it was deemed necessary to use force," he added.

The dog was not believed to be a dangerous or banned breed, police said. No drugs were found and no arrests were made.

The injured officer was taken by ambulance to a south London hospital, where he was described as "stable". He was due to undergo surgery for his injuries.

Police have received a complaint about the incident. The Met's Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed and the incident is being investigated by officers at Lewisham's Professional Standard Unit.

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