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Yet Another Attack On A Police Helicopter In the U.K.

File photo of an EC 135 Police Helicopter in the U.K., photo courtesy Wikimedia.org Arpingstone.On Friday evening around 10:30 pm local time a group of three men wearing balaclavas (face masks) stormed a Mereyside Police helicopter parked at R.A.F. Base Woodvale.  The vandals smashed a window on the helicopter, poured fuel inside and attempted to torch it before being interrupted by officers on the base.

This is the third such attack on a police helicopter in the U.K. in about as many months. 

The incident Friday sparked an intense high speed 16 mile chase, that ended with one police car in flames and three suspects in custody.  A second police helicopter from another police force assisted in the search for the suspects, the pursuit, and ultimately the arrest. 

The Mereyside Police helicopter that was attacked is an EC 135 valued at approximately 2.9 million Euros.  The Euro Copter 135 is by far the most popular police helicopter in the U.K. 

Shortly after the incident a Mitsubishi Shogun ,which was suspected of being involved, was found in flames.  At about the same time a silver Audi A4 was observed leaving the vicinity at a high rate of speed.  Police gave chase and followed the car from the Southport area to the Liverpool City Center where the vehicle was abandoned in the Birkenhead Tunnel.  Subsequently a black Audi A8 sped out of the opposite side of the tunnel where upon the pursuit continued.

The black Audi eventually collided with a police vehicle on upper Hampton St., cause the police vehicle to burst into flames.  The officer was able to escape the burning vehicle with minor injuries.  Three male suspects, ages 24, 25 and 26 were arrested and booked into jail. 

Police Superintendent Jonathan Roy reassured the public that "highly effective air support was maintained throughout the operation."  It was only a few weeks ago that another police helicopter was grounded due to a fake bomb, while robbers used their own helicopter to carry out the heist of a money depot.

Mereyside Police is the territorial police force in North West England serving a population of approximately 1.5 million people. 

So far police have not speculated on a motive for the attack but vow to conduct a far reaching investigation that leaves no stone unturned. 

Sources:  Champion News, The Southport Visiter, The Liverpool Daily Post, Wikipedia.org.

Brazen Helicopter Heist in Stockholm Nets Millions

Stockholm Sweden is no stranger to bank robberies and heists.  After all it brought us the condition known as the "Stockholm Syndrome" wherein a hostage bonds with and then begins to protect their hostage taker.  But the pre-dawn heist yesterday from a G4S cash depot sets a new standard for thinking outside the box, in regards to planning and carrying out a bank heist.

Stockholm police arrived on scene to hear and see a Bell Jet Ranger helicopter, with all of it's position and anti-collision lights turned off, in tight orbits over the cash depot building.  Police were not equipped to go up against the potentially heavily armed robbers who had smashed and exploded thier way into the building, after being lowered onto the roof by the helicopter.  Police were instead forced to maintain a perimeter on the building until a special police commando unit arrived on scene.  At that time the robbers, along with the stolen loot, were apparently hoisted back aboard the helicopter and flew away.

Swedish Police Helicopter, EC 135, wikimedia.comMeanwhile the Stockholm Police helicopter was grounded due to a strategically placed fake bomb, next to their aircraft.  There would be no Hollywood style helicopter vs. helicopter chase in the skies over the Swedish country side on this day.

The helicopter, which turned out to be stolen, was later discovered near a lake about 15 miles north of the city.  No arrest have been made but a large cash reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible has already been made.

Reports are that as much as $150 million could have been stored in the cash depot at the time of the heist.  The exact amount of money taken during the heist is still unknown at this time.  A million dollar reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of those responsible.

While such a robbery has all the earmarks of a great Hollywood movie, along with a touch of genius, let's try to remember that a thief is a thief.  They take what does not belong to them, but what someone else has worked hard for.  Reservations are currently being prepared for the above thieves at a quaint prison somewhere in Sweden!