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Helicopter Used To Find Teenagers After Theft

Thursday October 3 2013


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A POLICE helicopter had to be used to locate teenagers hiding in bushes - after they stole £58 of lager and cider.

Adam Liam Chopra, 19, and three others were found hiding in bushes after the police helicopter was scrambled, Barnsley Magistrates' Court was told.

June Allen, prosecuting, said a fourth person had been arrested earlier.

Philip Howard, defending, said Chopra, of Ballfield Lane, Kexborough, had been recalled to prison for 28 days for breaching conditions of his early release.

Chopra admitted shoplifting and was handed a seven-day jail term. The sentence will not add to his jail term.

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Reply Posted by Swifty on Thursday October 3 2013 at 10:16
How much does it cost per day for this helicopter. What's wrong with the police dogs.

In Lundwood biting people.

Reply Posted by nicola on Thursday October 3 2013 at 10:17
What a waste of money sending the police helicopter at a cost of about £500 per flight hour to search for scum bags who stole lager and cider worth £58 !!!!

Reply Posted by mr x on Thursday October 3 2013 at 10:23
Cost alot more than £500 per flight houre and double when it hovers too

Reply Posted by Kate guest on Thursday October 3 2013 at 10:33
Oh well at least we know where our tax moneys going, NOT, what a load of bullshit, they should fine em the cost of having to scramble the helicopter, they would think twice then the tw@s... Rant over...

Reply Posted by bob on Thursday October 3 2013 at 10:33
Police should use all available resources to prevent crime and catch offenders. What cost of crime after they drink the 58 quids worth of booze. Plus if you let the go then it's going to happen time and time again.

Reply Posted by ET on Thursday October 3 2013 at 10:33
What a fantastic chief inspector we have to authorise such a waste of valuable time and money.

Reply Posted by sid on Thursday October 3 2013 at 10:39
Make the criminals pay for it. But the person who allowed the helicopter to go out for such a minor crime should be sacked. The funding needed for the helicopter must be massive,why waste it. The force,ll be moaning when its taken away due to expense! How silly. They do this,and then say they're cutting the police horse and dog handling down. Idiotic. Its not being run properly. Wouldn't you just love to be in charge? I know I would.!

Reply Posted by king louis on Thursday October 3 2013 at 11:23
How much does it actually cost to keep the helicopter flying?
The all inclusive cost is £1,700 per hour, this includes everything including fuel, staff and insurance. The unit has an annual budget of 1,000 hours per year, an average of 2.75 flying hours per day.

with all other police on the ground add £800 so its cost about £2,500 plus court and solicitors time so £5,000 max

Reply Posted by Louise on Thursday October 3 2013 at 11:39
The police are lucky, they get funding. The Yorkshire Air Ambulance has to raise it's own money and it costs £9.900 a DAY to fly both helicopters. A much more worthy cause for funding I would say!

Reply Posted by Mick on Thursday October 3 2013 at 12:24
A lot of people seem to be suggesting that the police consult an accountant before deciding which crimes are worth using the helicopter for.

If you came home & found someone trying to break into your house, you'd be grateful if the helicopter was used to catch them, even if nothing had been stolen.

Reply Posted by sid on Thursday October 3 2013 at 13:10
Take your point about being burgled Mick.
Must say though, consultant no, but someone with brains to realise that this crime didn,t warrant the cost of the helicopter maybe. The dogs would have sniffed them out.
Its not easy I suppose though. Where I live I can see the helicopter,and it seems to fly over to Grimethorpe most nights of the week and more at weekends. It may be cheaper to put a better police station there thats manned all the time? Just a thought.

Reply Posted by Jud on Thursday October 3 2013 at 12:39
Let the poor little luvvies get away with it. We have some really thick contributors on this site. Always siding with the criminals, the thieves, the druggies and the low life. Take a walk across the precinct in town and ask yourselves why its such a s**thole.

Reply Posted by Joe Public on Thursday October 3 2013 at 13:01
Shoplifting cost 4.4bn to uk economy and causes loss of many jobs, well done one SYP for catching this lad who is not a first time offender from sound of it. Doubt helicopter would lift for it given its now out of county, suggest it was already in South Yorks. I guess all the moaners would be happy to add the £58 onto their weekly shopping bill ?????

Reply Posted by LOL on Thursday October 3 2013 at 13:45
£3500 FUEL AND WAGES FOR £58 NO BRAINER.

Reply Posted by ang on Thursday October 3 2013 at 14:13
make them pay for helecopter as well as price of booze they stole

Reply Posted by Swifty on Thursday October 3 2013 at 14:57
The Home Secretary at the Tory Party Confrence said" Prisioners who's smash up jails will have to pay for damage"

Therefore people convicted of any offence should be made to pick up the costs.

It will be difficult to put either idea in practice and carry it out.

However to use the Helicopter in such a every day crime beats me.

Reply Posted by jonny on Thursday October 3 2013 at 16:24
i would bill the little shits the price its cost US the tax payers....

Reply Posted by Barnsley on Thursday October 3 2013 at 16:48
LOL. Thanks for your enthusiastic use of the capital letter to begin with ( case key left hand side 2nd from bottom). For one the police personnel involved would still have to be paid irrespective, and for two, do we fund a Police helicopter to sit in
hangers or on tarmac, or do we deploy it for the intention it was purchased for?

'NO BRAINER'?.... No brains???

Keep the scum off the Streets.

Reply Posted by sid on Thursday October 3 2013 at 17:50
Why Barnsley,do you deploy your central heating on a hot summers day? No, you save funding for winter.
The police would have to be paid,yes,but the fuel wouldn't have been used.
I don't get your logic I,m afraid. Just the keep scum off the streets.

Reply Posted by Elsie on Thursday October 3 2013 at 16:54
Lets not bother with a Police helicopter or Air Ambulance.Get rid of Police cars and Ambulances... save us the tax payer a fortune!! Hows that sound??

Reply Posted by STEVO on Thursday October 3 2013 at 17:08
You really couldn't make this up could you.

Reply Posted by BFC on Thursday October 3 2013 at 17:57
It wasn't called out for this job, it was returning from another one and stopped to help. Easy to criticise when you don't know the facts!

Reply Posted by sid on Thursday October 3 2013 at 18:03
If that's true,then that's fine. If the facts arn,t printed,then no one knows.

Reply Posted by gg on Friday October 4 2013 at 02:24
I work were it happenend and the helicopter was out on another job .!!!

Reply Posted by kylie on Friday October 4 2013 at 08:27
You people are a joke. So if the police had not caught them you would all be up in arms moaning about that. You're just never happy are you. Knobs

Reply Posted by ali&moli on Friday October 4 2013 at 10:21
ye mann.

Reply Posted by alexxnmollie! tarn cruww! on Friday October 4 2013 at 10:23
drinking frosty jacks n wot n wot n wot

Reply Posted by Collet on Friday October 4 2013 at 10:40
Unbelievable how so many people jump feet first at any opportunity to slag police off when they don't even no the circumstances,lets face it, it's a job that they are damned if the do and damned if they don't !.

Reply Posted by bill on Friday October 4 2013 at 11:52
The report didn't state the facts. It leads you to believe the coptor was scrambled ,so what are people supposed to think. Your post comes after more info is out. Can't blame folk for being peed of because the report makes you believe there has been a mad waste of money involved with catching petty criminals,that,all get let off anyway. The police do a great job by the way,I wouldn't do what they do.

Reply Posted by Simon Walsh on Friday October 4 2013 at 12:28
Why not get some heat seeking cameras such as fire brigade use. Find warm bodies easily.

Reply Posted by adam chopra on Friday October 4 2013 at 12:41
you cock suckers hahaha

Reply Posted by hmm on Saturday October 5 2013 at 13:28
Whether it was scrambled for this or was simply passing and stopped to help isn't the point for me. It doesn't matter how much it cost or how it came to be helping. What matters is that the thieving little ****s who they caught should pay ALL the costs involved in their arrest. If they don't have the money then take their TV's, cars and anything else to pay for it just like a debt collection agency would.

Reply Posted by Hmmm... on Sunday October 6 2013 at 18:06
I know it's been said already but I think to get any criminal to pay for the costs involved with catching them... Let them pay everything... Even the cost of the imprisonment... I think this would be an excellent way of doing 2 things... Eliminating the cost to the tax payer and making the criminals think twice about doing it again and the impact on everyone they had.... It's not a flawless idea but it's something we should consider.

Reply Posted by kexborough on Tuesday October 8 2013 at 14:46
Adam Chopra thinking his big and hard cos he's robbed some witches piss (cider) Ayyy dear me this is what gives areas bad names cos little shites like Adam think it's clever well I have a clever idea for you Chopra gettin a ****** job and buyin the cider I hope one day people will realise that into trouble ruins ya life yauppet who goin to employ a theif