Stinger and drone used to arrest suspects after fuel theft in Buxton

Police used a stinger and a drone to arrest three people after the theft of fuel in Buxton.

Monday, 17th May 2021, 2:57 pm

Derbyshire Armed Response Unit, the Derbyshire Dales Response Unit, Derbyshire Police dog section, Derbyshire Roads Policing Unit, High Peak Response Team and the Derbyshire Police Drone Unit all worked together after the incident on Sunday.

Staff at a petrol station on Leek Road in Buxton called officers at just after 1am after a vehicle allegedly left the forecourt without paying for fuel.

The vehicle, a Ford Focus, was spotted by police in Matlock after the fuel theft in Buxton, and was eventually stopped in Shottle after a stinger was deployed, with the vehicle then crashing into a hedge.

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Police said the occupants of the car started bailing out while it was still moving.

The High Peak response team said: “One occupant tried to hide but didn’t expect the Derbyshire Police Drone Unit to be up above, operated by our High Peak trained officer who passed updates to the roads policing team, armed response team and dog section, and directed them in to arrest the suspect.”

Three teenagers, two aged 17 and one aged 16, were arrested on suspicion of theft. The two 17-year-olds were also arrested on suspicion of possessing cannabis.

They have been released under investigation while inquiries continue.

The Ford Focus crashed into a hedge after a stinger was deployed to stop it. Photo - Derbyshire Roads Policing Unit.

A fourth boy, aged 16, later visited a police station for a voluntary interview.

Photo - Derbyshire Roads Policing Unit