New Drone Team Launches

This week saw the first use of state-of-the-art ‘Eye in the Sky’ technology by Rushcliffe Police – leading almost immediately to two suspected criminals being caught.

As we reported last yearNottinghamshire Police and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service have jointly invested in THREE new drones to help them fight both crime and fires – as well as to assist in search and rescue operations. During specialist training, officers have had to learn how to fly in various environments and in both day and night-time conditions to enable our area to have 24/7 coverage.

Craig Guilford

Within hours of the dedicated new drone team being launched, its pilots’ work led to the arrest of two men in Keyworth – who have now been charged in connection with an aggravated burglary in the village.

Nottinghamshire Police Chief Constable, Craig Guildford, said: “These arrests demonstrate the value of introducing drones into our work as a force and making the most of their capabilities. It’s good to see that they are being put to use so quickly and are already proving their worth in helping us investigate crimes and helping to keep people safe. I am very much looking forward to seeing the benefits that this technology will have for our officers, aiding them in a number of areas of police work.”

With these drones now available to take to the skies over Ruddington, when required, they will certainly be a cheaper and less intrusive option to the Police helicopters sometimes deployed above our village.

The new drones arrive just as Rushcliffe Police reveal our latest village crime statistics for December 2019. A total of thirteen Ruddington incidents was to them reported via 101, which is three less than the month before.

From December 1st to 31st 2019, in date order, the full stats were:-

2nd                  A vehicle filled up with fuel to the value of £52:11 and made no attempt to pay.

2nd                  Unknown persons tried but failed to gain access to a property on Landmere Lane.  It is suspected they were disturbed.

3rd                   Overnight suspects broke into a vehicle parked on Wilford Crescent. There were no signs of forced entry.

7th                   Male passed forged Scottish notes to the church at the Christmas Fayre.

14th                 Number plates were stolen from two cars whilst parked on Charles Street.

15th                A theft occurred at Sainsbury’s whereby pizza and alcohol were stolen. Also on the same day a second theft occurred for which a suspect has been arrested.

16th                  A vehicle filled up with fuel to the value of £111.76 and made no attempts to pay.

13th-16th         Whilst the occupant was away, their property on Loughborough Road was broken into.

20th                 Whilst parked in the Pear Tree Orchard car park both number plates were stolen from a car.

20th                A theft occurred at Sainsbury’s where expensive chocolate was stolen. Suspects have been identified and are to be arrested.

21st                A vehicle filled up with fuel to the value of £94.37 and made no attempt to pay.

30th                Overnight a van was stolen from Saint Mary’s Crescent.

If you have information about any of these incidents, saw something suspicious, or may have captured CCTV footage that could help, you’re asked to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101 – or you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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