It started out as just another Easter Sunday near the village of Capel in southeast England. A group of kids was having some fun while enjoying their Easter Egg Hunt. Laughter, smiles, and, of course, goodies were all a part of this special day of celebration. That scene changed suddenly and unexpectedly when the Easter Egg Hunt turned into a crime scene that would soon find the children directly involved.
Police had been dispatched to a burglary that had happened in the local area.
The police officers rushed to the scene of the reported burglary to search for the suspects. An eventful chase ensued, using part of the search crew from the National Police Air Service (NPAS) to assist from the air.
The police helicopter spotted the suspects fleeing.
Flying above an open field where the two suspects had attempted to escape, the sky-cops at first located both men, but lost track of one of them as they strategically ran in opposite directions to avoid capture.
Enter the Easter-egg-hunting deputies-for-a-day.
The officers in the helicopter saw the group of children below, but what the kids did next was nothing short of quick-thinking sleuth-like ingenuity.
The children, ranging in age from 6 to 12, had all dropped to the ground lying on their bellies, forming an arrow that pointed toward the direction in which the missing suspect had run!
With the help of the kids, the suspects were captured.
Using thermal camera technology, the missing suspect who was hiding in the thick nearby trees, was easily visible to the copter crew. Both men were captured by ground police after having been alerted by the officers in the helicopter to the suspects’ locations. The 27- and 28-year-old suspects were arrested on suspicion of burglary and later released on bail.
How the kids ever thought to form a human arrow collectively is incredible in itself, but being a critical part of apprehending suspects provided them all with an Easter they will never forget, no doubt.
Creative and quick thinking still exists in the hearts and minds of our newest generation.
“The swift action taken by the group of parents and their children was the sort of thing you would usually associate with an Enid Blyton adventure but their ingenuity proved a great help for our crews,” said NPAS Sergeant Paul Sochon is a police statement.
Book em’, Dan-O!