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26/11/2013 07:50 GMT | Updated 26/01/2014 05:59 GMT

Essex Police Dog Dies During Training Exercise, Probe Launched

A police dog has died after plunging from a building roof during a training exercise.

A review has been launched after Baron, a five-year-old German Shepherd working for Essex Police, died when taking part in the exercise with his handler at a disused building in Danbury.

The animal fell from a flat roof and sadly had to be put down due to the severity of his injuries.

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Baron, a five-year-old German Shepherd working for Essex Police, died after falling from a roof

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An Essex Police spokeswoman said: "He was injured and taken immediately to a veterinary practice but sadly he had to be put to sleep.

"The circumstances surrounding this tragic incident are currently being reviewed.

"Baron's handler and family are understandably very upset."

Baron had been paired with his handler for the last four years and they had made many arrests together, the spokeswoman added.

Superintendent Steve Johnson said: "As a former member of the dog unit myself, I know the strong bond between a police officer and his dog.

"Whilst they are working dogs, they also become a close and important member of the police officer's family. This is a very sad occasion."