Police appeal brought down to earth with a bump

CHOPPED DOWN: A toy helicopter equipped with camera. Library image

CHOPPED DOWN: A toy helicopter equipped with camera. Library image

First published in News

POLICE took to Facebook to raise concerns would-be thieves were using a remote helicopter to spy on potential victims, only for it to be revealed as a child's toy.

Officers in Darlington posted the appeal after concerns were raised at a Police and Communities Together (Pact) meeting.

Residents had complained that a helicopter, possibly with a camera fitted to it, had been seen hovering over properties in the North Road area.

It was suspected by residents that persons unknown were using the toy to spy on properties and see what items were in their back yards.

But shortly after the appeal was posted, a woman came forward who appeared to confirm the helicopter was her son's.

It had been suggested that three men were responsible for controlling the helicopter, but no descriptions were available.

It now appears that the appeal - which had last night been removed from the police Facebook page -was nothing more than a false alarm with good intentions.

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6:08pm Wed 16 Jul 14

sensible says...

Put it all over Facebook before checking it out? Now that's always a great idea! What could possibly go wrong?
Put it all over Facebook before checking it out? Now that's always a great idea! What could possibly go wrong? sensible
  • Score: -8

10:43pm Wed 16 Jul 14

stewdubs says...

And maybe putting it on Facebook was a quick way of checking it out rather than spending umpteen hours knocking on every door in the area to find the owner...and that plan worked within no time at all with no loss of time or wasted hours
And maybe putting it on Facebook was a quick way of checking it out rather than spending umpteen hours knocking on every door in the area to find the owner...and that plan worked within no time at all with no loss of time or wasted hours stewdubs
  • Score: 20

1:27pm Thu 17 Jul 14

johnny_p says...

And imagine if someone was using a model helicopter to "spy on people". How can the Police complain? They can't wait to photograph, listen to and film the people they claim to represent.

Guess they didn't like the competition.
And imagine if someone was using a model helicopter to "spy on people". How can the Police complain? They can't wait to photograph, listen to and film the people they claim to represent. Guess they didn't like the competition. johnny_p
  • Score: 4

1:47pm Thu 17 Jul 14

railwaygrafter says...

Thank God we have a professional Police Force, still the best and most respected in the world. Better than living in a Country where anarchy and drunken 'mob rule' prevails and a million times better in Britain than brainwashed **Gun-crazy juvenile USA.
Thank God we have a professional Police Force, still the best and most respected in the world. Better than living in a Country where anarchy and drunken 'mob rule' prevails and a million times better in Britain than brainwashed **Gun-crazy juvenile USA. railwaygrafter
  • Score: 0

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