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Police shoot GSD

A police marksman has shot dead a dog after reports its owner was encouraging it to attack members of the public.

Police were called to King Street in Thetford, Norfolk on Monday where they found the German Shepherd and its owner, who was armed with a hammer. The dog was "a threat to the safety of officers and the public" and was shot dead, Norfolk Police said.

A man, 20, was later arrested and sectioned under the Mental Health Act, a spokesperson confirmed.

Supt Nick Dean said: "Having explored all other options...the decision was taken that the humane destruction of the animal was the necessary and proportionate course of action. The decision was not taken lightly and it is with sadness that the dog was shot dead by a police marksman."