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Police Arrest Biker After High Speed Chase (from This Is Wiltshire)

POLICE have arrested a 44-year-old biker after a chase through the Wiltshire countryside at speeds in excess of 100mph.

The police helicopter took up the pursuit as ground crews held back on the grounds of safety....

A passerby who was in Devizes town centre on Saturday morning said the police response was dramatic.

He said: "I was walking down Sidmouth Street when I noticed the police helicopter flying overhead. Within two minutes six police cars came down Southbroom Road and one did a U-turn in the middle of the road and shot up Gains Lane.

"Other police cars were coming down London Road and Nursteed Road and they were going at high speed.

"I counted about 17 police vehicles and these were 4x4s, unmarked vehicles, dog vans and marked cars.

"I saw about 15 to 20 police officers and they surrounded a block of flats at the end of Victoria Road, front and back.

"They brought a man out of the block of flats in handcuffs and put him in a police car."

So after chasing him all across the county they found him at home with his feet up! Who says the police haven't got the resources to fight crime!

(As an aside it reminds me of much missed Good Colonel who claimed that as Plod's Helicopter had a top speed of 160mph as long as he kept over 140 on the A4 into a 20mph head wind they couldn't keep up with him...)


Plod can always find time for a good old chase-em-up. I used to see some real belters when I lived in Swansea back in the early 90s. One of these ended directly below my bedroom window at three in the morning, when the perps rammed and disabled the police car and got away. Within minutes there were about half-a-dozen police vehicles crammed into the close where I lived, sirens blaring; an hour later, they were still there (the neighbours got the kettle on for them). It really was Keystone Cops stuff. I swear the only reason half of them join up is the opportunity to joyride legally.

I did not think we had as many police vehicles in Wiltshire; were some from out of county?

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