To Help Cops, Kids Make a Human Arrow

Cops follow directions, arrest 2 burglary suspects
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2016 8:24 AM CDT

Two guys fleeing cops in Britain had to contend with more than just the officers and helicopter on their tail: A bunch of kids on an Easter egg hunt also stood between them and freedom, reports CNN. As the chopper buzzed and two burglary suspects ran across the Surrey field where the kids were gathered, "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," a police statement says. "The helicopter crew relayed this information to officers on the ground and a short time later two men were arrested."

The chopper crew later landed to thank the kids personally, and police called their help "invaluable." They're also winning widespread praise elsewhere as the story makes the rounds. "Incredible," declares, while the New York Daily News calls it "ingenious" and the Sun "extraordinary." Not as thrilled: The two men, ages 27 and 28, who police say were burglarizing an abandoned building nearby. (Another unusual police chase took place in the US this weekend—involving a Chihuahua.)

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