Capel ‘human arrow’ kids formally thanked by police

Photo courtesy of Surrey Police SUS-160104-161401001
Photo courtesy of Surrey Police SUS-160104-161401001

A group of young people whose ingenuity helped police catch two suspected burglars have received official thanks from police.

Around 30 adults and children were taking part in an Easter egg hunt near Capel on March 25 when they spotted the National Police Air Service helicopter circling overhead.

The helicopter had been called by Surrey Police after intruders were reported at a disused building off Horsham Road, Capel.

The children and parents soon realised they were witnessing a police pursuit. A group of children in the middle of a ploughed field quickly formed an arrow on the ground to guide the helicopter in the direction of the fleeing pair.

Today, Surrey Police confirmed that the nine ‘Capel kids’ and their parents have received an official thank you and certificates from Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Gavin Stephens.

They were also given a tour of the airbase at Redhill Aerodrome, and each of the children received a T-shirt.

A 28-year-old man and a 27-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of burglary, and released on bail while the investigation continues.

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