Eleven people arrested thanks to assistance from NPAS
We had another busy evening yesterday and thanks to the assistance of our NPAS (National Police Air Service) colleagues we arrested 11 people.
In Stourbridge Road, Brierley Hill, we spotted a suspected stolen Citroen C5 which failed to stop for us. Driving at excessive speed and on the wrong side of the road, we called on NPAS to assist with the pursuit. After a short distance, the occupants ran from the car and with NPAS overhead, officers were able to trace the three suspects to Surrey Drive where they were seen to be garden hopping.
Two teenagers and a 48-year-old man were arrested for going equipped after hammers, baseball bats and balaclavas were found in the car.
Minutes after this successful arrest, Coventry officers called upon NPAS once again to assist after we were called to reports of men stealing tools from a van.
A dog unit was deployed, and with the assistance of the police helicopter, a 19-year-old man was traced to nearby woodland and arrested on suspicion of possession of cannabis. NPAS also noticed the man had dropped something in the bushes, and a police dog swiftly found a knife and gloves hidden in a bush. The 19-year-old was further arrested for possession of an offensive weapon.
Over in Bloxwich, a suspected stolen Nissan Navara, driving erratically, failed to stop for us. Following a short pursuit, a group of teenagers fled from the car on Dawson Street and with the police helicopter hot on their heels, they were able to tell us the direction they were running. The group were found in nearby gardens with one of them found hiding in a bin shed after NPAS spotted a heat source coming from the roof.
Six teenage boys, aged between 14 and 17 and a 23-year-old man, were arrested in connection with the stolen car and burglary.
All 11 people currently remain in custody today as the investigations continue.