A boy from Clacton says he owes his life to the family dog, after it pushed him out of the way of a lorry which mounted a pavement in the town last November.

Carly Riley and her three sons Charlie, Josh and Ben were walking home from school when the near miss occurred – which left Geo the families Border collie with life threatening injuries occurred.

One year on and after thousands of pounds worth of surgery and therapy – Geo is back home and as Charlie told Thomas Magill for BBC Essex – his efforts haven’t gone unrecognised.

And as well as the family having a lovely day to London so Geo could recieve a special reward for his efforts The Dogs Trust was given a donation of £2000 as part of the prize.