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Police helicopter helped locate suspected thieves



Credit: Northumbria Police

Thanks to police’s eyes in the sky, officers tracked a stolen car as police helicopter helped locate suspected thieves.

At about 3pm on Tuesday (8 February) officers were alerted that a car had been stolen in the Church Road area of Gosforth.

An investigation was launched, and within a few hours, police spotted the vehicle in question travelling in the Sunderland area.

Motor patrol officers pursued the black Nissan and instructed the occupants to stop. However, instead the driver hit the accelerator in a bid to evade arrest.

With the support of the National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter, officers were able to track the car’s movements which was found abandoned in the Barnes Park area of the city.

But within minutes, police had scoured the area – aided by their eyes above – and located two men and a women nearby. They were subsequently arrested on suspicion of aggravated vehicle taking and taken into custody.

Chief Inspector Ian Cutty, of Northumbria Police, said: “This was a fantastic team effort between a number of officers – from those who carried out the initial burglary enquiries to those who spotted and pursued the vehicle through the streets of Sunderland.

“Some outstanding determination and teamwork meant we were able to track the car as its occupants tried to evade arrest. Within minutes, we had detained three suspects who were located close to where the car had been abandoned.

“This incident once again showcases the fantastic supportive role that NPAS play which helps us to detect and disrupt criminality, and I’d like to thank them for all their work. Without doubt, they helped bring a potentially dangerous and fast-moving situation to a swift and positive conclusion.

“We will continue to do all we can to ensure the North East remains as safe as it possibly can be, and ensure perpetrators who commit crime and who prey on others are rightly brought to justice.”

Two men, aged 36 and 29, and a 25-year-old woman who were arrested remain under investigation. Enquiries are ongoing.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact police via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of their website or by calling 101 quoting log NP-20220308-0567.



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Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisalstated he would be keen on Ronaldo signing for a Saudi Pro League after the World Cup, with the 37-year-old a free agent following a controversial interview and exit to Manchester United earlier this week..


“Who wouldn’t want him to play in their league?” “He’s a role model to a lot of young players – him and Messi.”


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