TWO perfect pups have just earned their stripes to become fully-fledged police dogs.

During six weeks of tail-wagging training across the city, 15-month-old Springer Spaniel Aayla and two-year-old Springador Murphy have been put through their paces for important jobs on the front line.

The pair will go on to be part of a crime-busting team, sniffing out the scene of drugs, firearms and cash for Greater Manchester Police's dog unit.

Murphy is a rescue dog, having taken into the care of rehoming charity Spaniel Aid. The charity thought the Springer Spaniel-Labrador cross could be a great match for the police and within a short time of starting training, Murphy was out meeting travellers in Manchester Airport and Piccadilly train station.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: "He has taken everything in his stride and is very popular and will be working with his handler, PC Rob Kinley."

Aalya, known for being a 'bundle of energy', impressed with her natural ability to search out the busy training centres with handler PC ark Richardson. Her nose has already led her to many successful finds across Manchester, according to the police.