THE incredible bravery of a police dog who was slashed with a knife in Bromyard will be celebrated at an award ceremony.

West Merica Police officer Mike Davey and police dog Bacca were injured by knifeman Mesut Olgun, 30, on the town's High Street in the early hours of June 6 last year.

In June 2018, PC Davey and Bacca responded to a man who'd been seen smashing shop windows, but Bacca was slashed at by Olgun which caused deep wounds to his head and ears.

The pair recovered from their injuries after a spell of recuperation and the dog became the first to ever be presented with a West Mercia Police Chief Constable's commendation, alongside PC Davey.

Olgun, from Watling Way, Bristol, who attacked them later died before standing trial.

West Mercia Police Federation Chairman said both showed incredible bravery and determination to protect the public that night, which will be celebrated at the 2019 National Police Bravery Awards.

Sarah Cooper said: "This was a horrific and aggressive attack. The bravery shown by PC Davey and Bacca that night went beyond the call of duty and they refused to let this suspect harm himself or members of the public.

"It was a chaotic scene and the man they detained clearly had no intention of stopping what he was doing voluntarily, they had to step in and defuse the situation which they did extremely professionally, despite their injuries.

"It's an extremely well-deserved nomination."

The National Police Bravery Awards honour officers from across England and Wales who have performed outstanding acts of bravery while on or off duty.