Helicopter called out to help police track down criminal after Doncaster fail to stop incident

Officers from South Yorkshire Police were called out to Stainforth on Monday night to deal with a vehicle that had failed to stop and was a “little bit of chaos”.

Thursday, 10th June 2021, 3:53 pm

Along with the police the National Police Air Service helicopter was rallied too.

A spokesman said: “The person we were looking for had the good sense to stop acting like a buffoon and quietly leave their vehicle parked up so that they could discreetly slip away (we found their vehicle and are currently looking after it for them).

“Another person, who we were not looking for and wasn’t even a blip on our radar decided that they wanted all of the attention. So, in another fine example of criminal mastermindery, they hopped on a stolen motorcycle in full motorcycle thief kit (trainers, tracky bottoms, hoody and no helmet – standard) and set off.

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"For full “look at me, look at me” effect, they drove by three of four marked traffic cars and under the watchful eye of our whirlybird colleagues.

“Without a care in the world, they had a quick bez around the village (briefly failing to stop for us until the helicopter had picked them up), after which, they rode back home, stuffed the motorcycle down the side of their house and went inside.

“One Bobby’s knock and a set of handcuffs later, the 16 year old rider was being looked at very closely in the rear of one of our cars, whilst the bike was popped onto a recovery truck for formal identification, forensication and return to the rightful owner.”

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