The idea of a police chase may conjure up the image of criminals racing down the road in a stolen car with sparks flying off the punctured tyres, but it seems that law-breakers in Norfolk may prefer altogether slower – and much larger – machinery.
This comes after police in the county were involved in a two-hour, 37-mile pursuit of a bright yellow dumper truck, with the oversized vehicle averaging a mere 18.5mph. Despite easily managing to keep up, police did face plenty of dangerous driving as the criminal made his way from Norfolk into Suffolk. A 39-year-old man has been arrested following the incident, reports The Guardian.
During the chase – which took place around 12:30pm on Monday just outside Norwich – a police Volvo V70 and a Ford Focus were written off, with a BMW X5 police car also being damaged. The bill is thought to run to £50,000. The truck had been stolen from the village of the Spixworth north of Norwich and was pursued into Suffolk, finally being stopped around 2:30pm near Brandon.
DC Andy Vinsen told the Guardian: "We're keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed this incident and who hasn't already spoken with officers.
"These were a silver Ford Fiesta, which was being driven by an elderly woman, and a metallic blue Ford Focus driven by a middle-aged woman."
Anyone with information has been asked to contact Norwich CID on 101.