Police helicopter over Blackbird Leys this morning

A POLICE helicopter has been spotted over Blackbird Leys this morning.

But Thames Valley Police has refused to explain exactly why.

The helicopter was seen over the estate at around 11.30am, and a police spokesman confirmed it had been involved in searching for an individual, who by 1pm had been found.

But the spokesman told the Oxford Mail it was a “non event”, and refused to clarify whether officers were searching for a missing person or a suspected criminal, saying no further information would be released.

He added: “I’m not going to disclose any more information about it".

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2:15pm Sun 24 Feb 13

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

And ? It was over there yesterday, last week, the week before and it no doubt will be again on regular occasions, its not worth getting wound up about Mr Whittaker.

In fact if Thames Valley Police had any sense and really wanted to save some money it is there so often there would be a heli-pad built on the estate.
And ? It was over there yesterday, last week, the week before and it no doubt will be again on regular occasions, its not worth getting wound up about Mr Whittaker. In fact if Thames Valley Police had any sense and really wanted to save some money it is there so often there would be a heli-pad built on the estate. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe

2:47pm Sun 24 Feb 13

benjamin says...

This is news?
This is news? benjamin

2:48pm Sun 24 Feb 13

marston old boy says...

I have just seen an ice cream going south on the A34......update to follow!
I have just seen an ice cream going south on the A34......update to follow! marston old boy

2:57pm Sun 24 Feb 13

BirderSue says...

My first thought when I read this was, AND? Looks like I'm not alone.

Must admit, this little article is a waste of space.

Now I did see a Red Kite over Blackbird Leys. How's that?!!
My first thought when I read this was, AND? Looks like I'm not alone. Must admit, this little article is a waste of space. Now I did see a Red Kite over Blackbird Leys. How's that?!! BirderSue

3:50pm Sun 24 Feb 13

Andrew:Oxford says...

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe wrote:
And ? It was over there yesterday, last week, the week before and it no doubt will be again on regular occasions, its not worth getting wound up about Mr Whittaker.

In fact if Thames Valley Police had any sense and really wanted to save some money it is there so often there would be a heli-pad built on the estate.
No chance!

There's absolutely no way the CPRE would condone the covering of any green space in BBL, or anywhere else in Oxford with a helipad.

(Even though there used to be an airfield within a quarter mile).
[quote][p][bold]Sandy Wimpole-Smythe[/bold] wrote: And ? It was over there yesterday, last week, the week before and it no doubt will be again on regular occasions, its not worth getting wound up about Mr Whittaker. In fact if Thames Valley Police had any sense and really wanted to save some money it is there so often there would be a heli-pad built on the estate.[/p][/quote]No chance! There's absolutely no way the CPRE would condone the covering of any green space in BBL, or anywhere else in Oxford with a helipad. (Even though there used to be an airfield within a quarter mile). Andrew:Oxford

3:55pm Sun 24 Feb 13

Andrew:Oxford says...

BirderSue wrote:
My first thought when I read this was, AND? Looks like I'm not alone.

Must admit, this little article is a waste of space.

Now I did see a Red Kite over Blackbird Leys. How's that?!!
Red Kites are quite prolific in and around Oxford.
[quote][p][bold]BirderSue[/bold] wrote: My first thought when I read this was, AND? Looks like I'm not alone. Must admit, this little article is a waste of space. Now I did see a Red Kite over Blackbird Leys. How's that?!![/p][/quote]Red Kites are quite prolific in and around Oxford. Andrew:Oxford

5:07pm Sun 24 Feb 13

TypicalStudent says...

This is a new low in local news, even the police are calling it a "non-event" instead of taking the opportunity to push some high visiblity policing or a new campaign.
I'm amazed Oxford Mail can afford to pay such journalists that consider this news worthy.
This is a new low in local news, even the police are calling it a "non-event" instead of taking the opportunity to push some high visiblity policing or a new campaign. I'm amazed Oxford Mail can afford to pay such journalists that consider this news worthy. TypicalStudent

5:21pm Sun 24 Feb 13

WallingfordDave says...

You join us for continuing coverage from Yosemite National Park, where there have been eye-witness accounts of a bear, curling one off in a woodland habitat.
You join us for continuing coverage from Yosemite National Park, where there have been eye-witness accounts of a bear, curling one off in a woodland habitat. WallingfordDave

7:09pm Sun 24 Feb 13

UhummIt_AislePlayIt says...

The ice cream was going NORTH, actually. I wish people woulod get their facts right.
The ice cream was going NORTH, actually. I wish people woulod get their facts right. UhummIt_AislePlayIt

10:50pm Sun 24 Feb 13

BirderSue says...

Andrew:Oxford wrote:
BirderSue wrote:
My first thought when I read this was, AND? Looks like I'm not alone.

Must admit, this little article is a waste of space.

Now I did see a Red Kite over Blackbird Leys. How's that?!!
Red Kites are quite prolific in and around Oxford.
A bit like helicopters then.
[quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BirderSue[/bold] wrote: My first thought when I read this was, AND? Looks like I'm not alone. Must admit, this little article is a waste of space. Now I did see a Red Kite over Blackbird Leys. How's that?!![/p][/quote]Red Kites are quite prolific in and around Oxford.[/p][/quote]A bit like helicopters then. BirderSue

7:03am Mon 25 Feb 13

Andrew:Oxford says...

BirderSue wrote:
Andrew:Oxford wrote:
BirderSue wrote:
My first thought when I read this was, AND? Looks like I'm not alone.

Must admit, this little article is a waste of space.

Now I did see a Red Kite over Blackbird Leys. How's that?!!
Red Kites are quite prolific in and around Oxford.
A bit like helicopters then.
Indeed.

With RAF Benson just a few miles south and the the regular air ambulance visits to the John Radcliffe from the "killer junctions" on the A34.

Helicopters over the skies of Oxford are quite common.
[quote][p][bold]BirderSue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BirderSue[/bold] wrote: My first thought when I read this was, AND? Looks like I'm not alone. Must admit, this little article is a waste of space. Now I did see a Red Kite over Blackbird Leys. How's that?!![/p][/quote]Red Kites are quite prolific in and around Oxford.[/p][/quote]A bit like helicopters then.[/p][/quote]Indeed. With RAF Benson just a few miles south and the the regular air ambulance visits to the John Radcliffe from the "killer junctions" on the A34. Helicopters over the skies of Oxford are quite common. Andrew:Oxford

8:10am Mon 25 Feb 13

Anna_star9 says...

Oh, is it April 1st already? I must have my calendar all wrong. Come on Oxford Snail, this is turning into a real snooze paper.
Oh, is it April 1st already? I must have my calendar all wrong. Come on Oxford Snail, this is turning into a real snooze paper. Anna_star9

9:11am Mon 25 Feb 13

Vernon Spools says...

I'd been concerned if there wasn't one, it might suggest someone had stolen TVP's toy. This is so non-news. Not a day goes past without a helicopter or a police car racing round!
I'd been concerned if there wasn't one, it might suggest someone had stolen TVP's toy. This is so non-news. Not a day goes past without a helicopter or a police car racing round! Vernon Spools

9:24am Mon 25 Feb 13

bart-on simpson says...

How much to fill up the TVP helicopter with fuel?
How much to fill up the TVP helicopter with fuel? bart-on simpson

10:53am Mon 25 Feb 13

King Joke says...

Is it REALLY cheaper to keep a helicopter hovering over a housing estate for an hour, as opposed to sending a Sherpa-load of woodentops up there to scour the area on foot? How much does it cost to run a chopper for an hour?

You only ever see TVP in vehicle of some sort. They leave the legwork to the PCSOs.
Is it REALLY cheaper to keep a helicopter hovering over a housing estate for an hour, as opposed to sending a Sherpa-load of woodentops up there to scour the area on foot? How much does it cost to run a chopper for an hour? You only ever see TVP in vehicle of some sort. They leave the legwork to the PCSOs. King Joke

3:18pm Mon 25 Feb 13

Myron Blatz says...

Does anyone know if the Red Kytes over Blackbird Leys have been CRB-checked, and meet the rigorous H&S standards imposed by City Council?
Does anyone know if the Red Kytes over Blackbird Leys have been CRB-checked, and meet the rigorous H&S standards imposed by City Council? Myron Blatz

6:51pm Mon 25 Feb 13

JanetJ says...

I wonder how many PCSO's were actually on duty on a Sunday morning- never mind PC's. Not enough to fill a Sherpa I imagine.
I wonder how many PCSO's were actually on duty on a Sunday morning- never mind PC's. Not enough to fill a Sherpa I imagine. JanetJ

9:09pm Mon 25 Feb 13

Bogdan The MeerKat says...

UhummIt_AislePlayIt wrote:
The ice cream was going NORTH, actually. I wish people woulod get their facts right.
I wish people would learn to correct their typos.
[quote][p][bold]UhummIt_AislePlayIt[/bold] wrote: The ice cream was going NORTH, actually. I wish people woulod get their facts right.[/p][/quote]I wish people would learn to correct their typos. Bogdan The MeerKat

8:32am Tue 26 Feb 13

King Joke says...

JanetJ wrote:
I wonder how many PCSO's were actually on duty on a Sunday morning- never mind PC's. Not enough to fill a Sherpa I imagine.
If not, why not? Surely replacing boots on the ground with helicopters is more expensive?
[quote][p][bold]JanetJ[/bold] wrote: I wonder how many PCSO's were actually on duty on a Sunday morning- never mind PC's. Not enough to fill a Sherpa I imagine.[/p][/quote]If not, why not? Surely replacing boots on the ground with helicopters is more expensive? King Joke

7:44pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Dilligaf2010 says...

The Police don't use Sherpas anymore, they've not been made for years, either ;-p
The Police don't use Sherpas anymore, they've not been made for years, either ;-p Dilligaf2010

8:11pm Tue 26 Feb 13

King Joke says...

LDV Pilots then, isn't that what they use?
LDV Pilots then, isn't that what they use? King Joke

12:43am Thu 28 Feb 13

Marko101 says...

Dear Freddie,

You're not very good at your job. Please resign.

Regards,

Marko.......
Dear Freddie, You're not very good at your job. Please resign. Regards, Marko....... Marko101

5:15pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Simon33 says...

£456.
£456. Simon33

8:37am Fri 1 Mar 13

King Joke says...

Is that an hour in the chopper?
Is that an hour in the chopper? King Joke

7:56pm Wed 20 Mar 13

boagongrui says...

It would be news if there it did not fly over Blackbird Leys.
It would be news if there it did not fly over Blackbird Leys. boagongrui

7:58pm Wed 20 Mar 13

boagongrui says...

boagongrui wrote:
It would be news if there it did not fly over Blackbird Leys.
It would be news if it did not fly over Blackbird Leys.
Sorry for the typo
[quote][p][bold]boagongrui[/bold] wrote: It would be news if there it did not fly over Blackbird Leys.[/p][/quote]It would be news if it did not fly over Blackbird Leys. Sorry for the typo boagongrui

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