Detection Dog 'Scamp' Wins Top Award
Springer Spaniel Scamp, a tobacco and cash detection dog has picked up the top award during a prestigious award ceremony in London. Over the past 6 years Scamp has found over £8 million pounds-worth of illegal tobacco products, during operations with Trading Standards, Police and Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs.
During a ceremony in London on Tuesday evening, Scamp was named the Institutes Hero in the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) Hero Awards 2019.
Described as a ‘modern-day Eliot Ness’, the seven-year-old owned by specialist Pembrokeshire detection dog company B.W.Y Canine Ltd, has been involved in countless trading standards raids throughout the years. Most recently, his work with trading standards caused such disruption to one organised criminal gang that he had a £25,000 bounty placed on his head, with his handler Stuart Phillips receiving death threats.
The CTSI Hero Awards celebrate those who make outstanding contributions towards consumer protection in our communities. Scamp and B.W.Y Canine received the award at the CTSI Hero Awards 2019 ceremony at One Great George Street, London, on Tuesday.
Scamp and B.W.Y Canine were presented with the award by local MP, Stephen Crabb, and Robert Wright, CTSI College of Fellows, Sponsors of the CTSI Hero Awards.
Mr Crabb commented: “I was thrilled to present this award to Scamp for the important and diligent detection work he has carried out. Stuart and the whole team at B.W.Y. Canine should be immensely proud of Scamp and what he has done. This goes to show the outstanding work being done by B.W.Y Canine and I look forward to catching up with them in Clunderwen soon.”
Chief Executive at CTSI, Leon Livermore, said: “CTSI received a landslide of nominations for the outstanding work Scamp and B.W.Y Canine have done with trading standards services up and down the country. To keep providing such a service in the face of great personal risk is admirable, and Stuart from B.W.Y Canine, and of course Scamp, deserve our thanks.”