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Suspect arrested after police drone deployed in Nottingham

After a short pursuit two young men abandoned the car at a dead end and fled on to land near the railway line.

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Nottinghamshire Police’s Drones Unit had another successful outing last night when it found a suspected runaway driver hiding in trees.

Officers had been pursuing a vehicle seen driving dangerously in Manvers Street, Sneinton, at around 10pm.

After a short pursuit two young men abandoned the car at a dead end and fled on to land near the railway line. One suspect was soon arrested but another remained at large.

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After hearing the pursuit on their radio officers in the Force’s drone car arrived to offer support with their thermal imaging camera.

After searching the area for around five minutes they found a person hiding in trees and were able to direct officers to arrest him around 20 minutes later.

PC Nick Lewis, one of 15 officers trained to fly our three drones, explained: “As luck would have it we weren’t far away when we heard about the incident on our radio so could quickly offer support.

“We found a suspect in about five minutes using our thermal imaging camera and were then able to direct officers on the ground to arrest him. This was a really satisfying job for me because there’s no way he would have been found without the use of the drone.”

A 17-year-old boy and a 19-year-old man were arrested at the scene on suspicion of dangerous driving, failing to stop, and theft offences.

The Drones unit was launched on 1 January to give a readily-available and cost-effective “eye in the sky” to officers on the ground.

So far it has attended more than 300 incidents across the county, found six high risk missing people and led to the arrest of more than 40 suspects.

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