A POLICE dog has been showered with praise for catching a suspected criminal in Horsforth.

West Yorkshire Police received a 999 call in the early hours of Thursday, April 27 about a hooded man going up and down drives trying car door handles in the Hall Park area.

Patrol officers and a dog unit attended and the suspect was tracked into the park by the police dog pictured here, Axel.

The 39 year old man tried to run off but was stopped by Axel and is now helping police with their enquiries.

More than 100 people have commented on a post about the arrest on the police's Leeds Outer North West Facebook page..

Jean Wood White's comment was echoed by many: "Good on you Axel and handler."