Helicoper finds 214 suspects

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THE police helicopter used in Derbyshire helped track down 214 suspects in the first 11 months of the year.

During the same period, figures show the helicopter was also used in the search for 126 missing people and it located 26 stolen or suspect vehicles.

The North Midlands helicopter support unit is jointly owned by Derbyshire Constabulary and Nottinghamshire Police.

John Jameson, unit executive officer, said: “The helicopter brings a dimension to policing which can’t be achieved by conventional means.

“Many suspects were caught who may have evaded capture if the helicopter had not attended an incident.”