German Shepherd Layla deserves a few treats for this one

A police dog in Suffolk has tracked down and recovered a stolen mountain bike worth £3,000.

German Shepherd Layla found the bike in Bury St Edmunds one evening earlier this week after police had been alerted to the theft.

Norfolk Constabulary - who operate a roads policing unit alongside their colleagues from Suffolk Constabulary - posted a picture of Layla to Instagram afterwards.

A spokeswoman for Norfolk Constabulary told road.cc: "Officers were called around 10.25pm to reports of a bike theft in Cornhill in Bury St Edmunds.

"The mountain bike was described as being white and orange in colour and worth around £3,000. Officers were deployed to the area including police dog Layla where searches took place on an area of large wasteland in the town centre.

"An abandoned mountain bike matching the description above was found and one male was detained on suspicion of theft.

"A man, aged in his 20s and from the Bury St Edmunds area, was taken into custody where he was questioned by officers. He faces no further police action."

It is not known whether or not Layla had the suspected thief on his knees during the operation.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.