Unmanned aerial vehicle were deployed in a manhunt mission by Lincolnshire Police in a bid to contain offenders who abandoned their vehicle after failing to stop for officers.
A suspicious vehicle, which was thought to have been involved in a spell of thefts across the county, failed to stop when flagged down by officers. The offenders then abandoned the vehicle in Sleaford, at which point the drone unit deployed its UAV to contain the suspects.
The Lincolnshire Police drone unit worked with Lincolnshire Police to support East Midlands Operational Support Service Roads and Armed Policing Team.
The armed policing team stated: “A vehicle suspected to be involved in commercial burglaries across the region failed to stop for officers. The offenders ran and were tracked down by EMOpSS Police Dogs.”
The drones unit confirmed that while it was contacted for support, the offenders were successfully tracked and arrested by the National Police Air Service.
A video taken from the unmanned system during the operation can be found below.
Out supporting @LincsRAPT following a fail to stop and offenders abandoned the vehicle over fields nr Sleaford. Assisted in containment of wooded area until @NPAShq arrived on scene. Heli successfully tracked two breaking cover and arrested by local officers. Great team effort! pic.twitter.com/z8T3tNaxp9
— Lincs Police Drones (@lincsCOPter) January 24, 2018
Over the course of 2017, Op Galileo saw around 250 offenders dealt with by being arrested, ordered to leave the county or given a warning, plus 40 vehicles and 31 dogs were seized.