THREE men were arrested on suspicion of burglary offences after being tracked for two miles by a police dog.

Police received reports of men acting suspiciously in the back gardens of homes in Kingswinford during the early hours of this morning (January 10).

Reports included one address in Chelford Crescent where a resident had disturbed the group.

Police dog Ellis, a German Shepherd, picked up the scent and followed it for over two miles through woodland, along the canal and into a housing estate before dog handler PC Gez Cotter spotted three men running off.

All three men were caught by police, where one man was found in possession of two screwdrivers and another was discovered to be concealing a ski mask down his pants.

Three men, aged 18, 19 and 22, were arrested on suspicion of being equipped to commit burglary and remain in police custody for questioning.

A spokesperson from West Midlands Police said: "A great track from PD Ellis – a graduate of our police dog training academy – which may well have prevented several residents suffering the misery of a break-in."