Crime gets the chop from copter crews

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DERBYSHIRE Police’s helicopter crew have helped to find 214 crime suspects in the county this year.

Between January 1 and December 1, crews also searched for 126 missing people, found 26 stolen or suspect vehicles and airlifted three casualties to hospital.

The North Midlands Helicopter Support Unit is jointly owned by Derbyshire Constabulary and Nottinghamshire Police and is based at Derbyshire Constabulary headquarters in Ripley. It spent 203 hours in the air in Derbyshire alone dealing with incidents this year.

John Jameson, North Midlands Helicopter Support Unit Executive Officer, said: “Thanks to the crews, many suspects were caught who may have evaded capture if the helicopter had not attended an incident.”

A national police air service is to be created in April.