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Friday 24 October 2008 3.44pm
The red helicopter has my blessing over the other helicopters I have seen over London because it is really helping people. I don't know why you construe this as denigrating other services because I didn't list ever single one of them.

Though I have to admit I do suspect the police of mostly joyriding in theirs much as they seem to do in cars.

Yes I have seen a lot of Chinooks about too.

How come the police are the only ones who have to have twin engines because of flying over urban areas when ALL of this lot are flying over urban areas?
Monday 27 October 2008 10.23am
Is this thread a Bloc Party tribute?
Monday 27 October 2008 1.01pm
Last week I saw the black and yellow police helicopter India 99 flying shotgun on a convey of (armed) police vehicles escorting a prisoner transport truck through Southwark. meant to google to see if there was a significant court case on somewhere...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Police_Aviation_in_United_Kingdom

GeoffS
Monday 27 October 2008 5.37pm
Davies wrote:
The red helicopter has my blessing over the other helicopters I have seen over London because it is really helping people. I don't know why you construe this as denigrating other services because I didn't list ever single one of them.
Though I have to admit I do suspect the police of mostly joyriding in theirs much as they seem to do in cars.

Yes I have seen a lot of Chinooks about too.

How come the police are the only ones who have to have twin engines because of flying over urban areas when ALL of this lot are flying over urban areas?

No, not true. ALL helicopters flying over any urban area must have two engines (or more!), or else they can only follow the authorised routes which essentially follow the river so that, in event of engine failure, they can (crash) land and not hit your house. It's the "land-clear" rule that all single engine flying machines have to obey, which is why you don't see single-engined light planes over London (unless they are lost).

And suspecting the police of "joyriding" in their helicopters is really quite silly. They are doing a job.
Tuesday 28 October 2008 8.16am
I am with you Possel. I think you will find that the police have exactly two helicopters covering the whole of the Met area. Rather than 'joy-riding' there are many occasions when the call on their services far out runs the ability to attend.

I wonder if those objecting are also the same individuals who lament knife crime, and the number of recent stabbings and robberies in the area? Come on guys, we can't have it all ways - and beside which, having chosen to live where we do, we should expect such activity.

I would suggest that the complainants move to the country but the irony is, that when I lived in rural Scotland, we were subject to far more noise from low level combat aircraft screaming overhead and doing practice 'bombing' runs off the coast. Let's just accept that people are doing the job they are paid to do. I would be hugely glad to see either HEMS, INDIA 99 or the RAF if the situation warranted it!
Tuesday 28 October 2008 10.22am
I thought that there was some kind of military unit, installation, on the road that goes due north, and ends at Old St Roundabout. From an earlier thread about helicopters, it mentioned that the Chinooks follow the river, then head due north to land there.
Tuesday 28 October 2008 11.51am
GeoffS - there is the Securitas Kent robbery case at the Old Bailey - you often see armed & escorted prison vans coming up from Belmarsh via OKR for major cases. Maybe helicopter escort as well as it is such a large gang I think the police think some of them are still at large?
Monday 12 January 2009 12.40pm
I wonder if one of the helicopters was the one used for these pictures. It would explain being stationary and having "rocket launchers"

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2008/08/london_from_above_at_night.html?p1=Well_MostPop_Emailed1
Monday 12 January 2009 8.02pm
Dear Beverly,

Yup that would be me!

Having been mugged at the end of my street by a guy with a meat cleaver and got nowhere with the police I'm not very interested in having them hanging over my chimney in a very load helicopter for 40 minutes at 2am.

As it happened the guy who mugged me did get caught eventually but only about six months later after he'd mugged about 6 or 7 other people as well. Some of them got hurt.
Monday 12 January 2009 8.36pm
Diogenes.

Thanks for the link to the photos. They look great.

I can't help but think that using a helicopter is a rather excessive way to avoid the plastic plod from harassing you while you're taking photos of buildings, though.
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