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Ipswich: Police helicopter called to scene of apparent burglary but young men were just “looking at stars”

13:37 14 August 2014

Tower Ramparts - men were stargazing from roof

Tower Ramparts - men were stargazing from roof


Three men were found by police after calls were made that they were on a roof of a building near Tower Ramparts in the early hours.


Police were called at around 12.15am to the town centre as the men had been seen on the roof.

The force helicopter was also needed and used its thermal imaging camera to locate the men.

Officers arrived at the scene but found no signs of a break-in. A force spokesman said “nothing untoward” had been going on.

“Police found the three males who said they were just looking at stars,” she said.

“We took them home and gave them suitable words of advice.



  • The most expensive piece of kit in the police budget is being used to target sky-watchers? That is just so unreal but suggests we still have a public sector which is out of control. More cuts needed BUT (my emphasis) in the right places. Can an aspirational Star journo get a FOI report on how many times the chopper was used and how many times the use was proportional and cost-effective? Just asking!

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    Steve Blake

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • @Tamara Knight or where your Ford Escort parked ?

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    Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • No wonder there's a black hole in the police budget...

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    Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • I would have thought it would have been Uranus considering how much this cost.

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    mr angry

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • yes if you are on somebody elses roof.i aggree about the waste of money.

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    Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • Is it now illegal to be on a rooftop at night, star watching, if you happen to be interested in astronomy? And will you be hunted by police with a helicopter and thermal imaging equipment if you are? Staggering police overreaction. I think we should be told how much it has cost the taxpayer.

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    Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • Well said, Tamara :-)

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    Matthew McGuchan

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • I wonder what the suitable words of advice were? Where Orion is located perhaps? I

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    Tamara Knight

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

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