Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Prince William ‘almost bitten in groin’ by police dog patrolling Sandringham

A young Prince William was almost bitten in the groin by a police dog who picked up his sent at Sandringham and thought he was an intruder.

Jon Chandler, who is retiring after a 30-year career with Norfolk Police, said he was patrolling the grounds of Sandringham House one evening when his guard dog ran off.

He said the dog zipped off teeth barred, to confront an intruder, which later turned out to be Prince William.

Mr Chandler said the dog must have picked up the future King of England scent up as he walked towards the garages.

Thankfully, the Duke of Cambridge, who is said to have been very young at the time, wasn’t harmed as police dogs are liable to go for the groin in such circumstances.

PC Chandler said: “I was walking my dog off the lead around the grounds and he chased after the future king of England.

"It was late at night and Prince William was walking towards the garages and the dog picked up his scent and went charging after him.

"Luckily Prince William took it in good jest. He was only young then."

He said the situation could have gone "horribly wrong" if Prince William was bitten but fortunately, it had been trained well.

Police dogs are trained to "stand back" and bark at intruders, according to PC Chandler, and added that the event made for a "memorable night."

Mr Chandler said: "It could have gone horribly wrong if he was bitten.

"But fortunately the dog did what it was supposed to do, and just stood back and barked at him. It was a memorable night."

PC Chandler began his career in King's Lynn in 1991, and spent ten years with the dog section where he handled specially trained animals.

His focus was on training the dogs to sniff out drugs and firearms, making many memorable arrests and drugs seizures, and helping find missing people.

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The 53-year-old said: "We had some fantastic arrests and finds, but there was a couple of missing

people who were very vulnerable who I found with the dogs. They were more important to me than anything.

"Without that, they probably would not have survived. That kind of thing stays with you as much as the excitement of the arrests."

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