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Meet our cutest engineer working on the streets of Yorkshire: Midge the spaniel!

A police-trained sniffer dog, Midge is employed by NGN to sniff out gas leaks.

His uncanny sense of smell helped engineers pinpoint a gas leak on Burley Road in Leeds, where gas had found its way into the local primary school.

Midge found the leak, allowing the engineers to repair the pipe over a weekend, avoiding any disruption to the school.

Engineer Brad Metcalf said: “Midge was an absolute superstar. He found the leak almost immediately, allowing us to dig down and repair the pipe.

“Without Midge’s help, it would have taken us a lot longer to find the precise point where gas was escaping.

“When we first starting using Midge out on the network, I think there were a few raised eyebrows, but now he is just another member of the team. He is brilliant at this job, and saves us a lot of time.”

Midge’s handler, Steve Foster, a former police dog handler, said: “Dogs have an incredible sense of smell, believed to be around 5,000 times better than humans.

“Midge loves working with Northern Gas Networks, and is out on the network almost every week, helping the engineers to find and fix gas leaks.”