A HELPFUL hound followed his nose to sniff out a "large quantity" of drugs stashed in Harwich.

Police dog Dougie assisted officers with a search of a premises in the town on Sunday, February 3.

Essex Police Dog Section reported on twitter that the golden Labrador found class A drugs during the search.

The tweet said: "One of our handlers assisted officers with the search of a premises in Harwich.

"PD Dougie sniffed out a large quantity of class A drugs hiding in a cupboard."

A number of people have been arrested, the tweet added.

Essex Police has been contacted for further comment.