Police in vintage car catch trio
Published 17/06/2010 | 14:51
A trio of suspected burglars have been caught by quick-thinking police driving a vintage 1983 Rover.
The uniformed officers were in a convoy of privately-owned classic cars travelling to a show at RAF Northolt, in north west London.
When they heard reports on their radios of three men suspected of breaking into a home in Hillingdon they set off in pursuit.
Borough Commander Julian Worker said the officers caught the men "with a good bit of police work" as they made off from a property in Flamborough Road.
He said: "The diligent officers concerned were monitoring their radios and responded to an emergency call from the public. They arrived on scene first and were able to arrest three suspects. As ever, I remain immensely proud of my officers particularly when they use their initiative as on this occasion."
The same Rover SD1 was used in a 1987 mercy dash to ferry a liver across London in record time for a transplant.
A video of the 30-minute, 27 mile run through heavy traffic is a police legend and has featured on television countless times.
The same model appeared in scenes from television series Ashes to Ashes alongside fictional cop Gene Hunt's red Audi Quattro.
The Rover is owned by Ruislip Manor safer neighbourhood officer David Butler who was travelling in the convoy at about 4pm last Friday.
The other two vehicles were a 1962 Jaguar and a 1956 Wolseley, all owned by Mr Butler. Three men aged 18, 19 and 20 have been questioned on suspicion of attempted burglary and released on bail.