Criminals Crash Easter Egg Hunt, Then The Kids Help Cops Out
LifeAspire Staff 3/28/2017
On a brisk spring afternoon, a group of friends and families gathered together for a fun Easter egg hunt on Bank Holiday Friday, a special day in England. It was being orchestrated in an open field in Capel, located in Surrey, London.
The festivities started off full of giggles and frolicking, but was soon interrupted with a frightening emergency.
While the kids ages six to 12 were hunting for Easter eggs, the National Police Air Service and Surrey Police Department were hunting for criminals on the loose. There had been a break-in at a building near the field. The police were in hot pursuit. Two men ages 28 and 27 were being sought for burglarizing the building and they were headed straight for the spot where the unsuspecting kids were enjoying their carefree day.
The kids were scattered around the field searching for eggs when the helicopter came ripping above their heads. The 30 people gathered there were initially mesmerized by the low flying helicopter. But when the kids saw two men frantically sprinting across the field and linked to the helicopter in hot pursuit, they quickly realized what was happening.
This crew of kids had the chance to play cops and robbers--but this time they were all the good guys. The kids did something so remarkable at that critical moment that the police couldn't believe it. They snapped to action and ingeniously formed a human arrow.
The police helicopter saw the kids lying on the ground. At first, they thought they were just playing around, but then they realized the terrifying truth. The kids had spied the criminals nearby and were giving them a clue. It was astounding, said Sargeant Paul Sochon with the National Police Air Service.
"The children quickly formed an arrow on the ground in the middle of a plowed field to guide the helicopter in the direction of the fleeing pair. The helicopter crew relayed this information to officers on the ground and a short time later two men were arrested."
Sgt. Paul Sochon described the scene like an "Enid Blyton adventure." Enid Blyton is a British author who pens the popular children's detective series "Secret Seven." Fortunately for the kids, the criminals were captured in the nearby woods and arrested on suspicion of burglary of the nearby building.
"I'm sure the last thing the group of daring Capel residents expected when they set out on Friday afternoon was to abandon their Easter egg hunt to assist us in a police search but the initiative they demonstrated proved to be invaluable."
Watch the surveillance video shot from the helicopter of the helpful kids.
As a special treat for the kids in the role they played in nabbing the pair of perpetrators, the helicopter crew landed in the field to thank them. The kids were able to check out the aircraft and even shared some of their candy with the officers. Can you believe this close encounter with criminals that the children experienced?