A NEW police puppy in North Yorkshire has been named Diesel in honour of the dog killed in a police raid related to the Paris terror attacks.
Diesel - a four-month old Belgian Malinois - has joined North Yorkshire Police and begun the process which could see her qualify as a fully fledged police dog.
Sergeant Simon Whitby, of the force’s Dog Section, said: “The name Diesel was chosen out of respect for the police dog that died in a raid on an apartment block in Saint Denis, Paris, in November.
“The death touched us all, and having the name live on is a wonderful way to respect Diesel’s memory.”
Mr Whitby said she has been assigned to a volunteer puppy walker who will care for her and ensure she gains experience of a variety of situations, including socialising with people and other animals, busy traffic, crowds of people and loud noises.
Last month, it was announced that the Diesel who died in Paris - a seven-year-old Belgian shepherd - is to be awarded the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross - the Dickin Medal.
Diesel died on November 18, five days after the Paris attacks which killed 130 people.
Within hours of the fatal raid, the phrase Je Suis Chien - inspired by the popular slogan Je Suis Charlie, used worldwide in solidarity after the Charlie Hebdo attacks - had gone viral on social media.