Police update following search using plane around Weelsby Woods

Police confirmed a successful search operation was conducted in Weelsby Woods.

A number of residents heard a police plane circling over the woods from around 9.20am last night. Humberside Police officers also searched by the parkland in pitch dark.

It was first thought they were searching for two moped riders but the force has now confirmed they were dealing with a concern for safety.

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Today a police spokesperson said: “We were called at 9.20pm on Tuesday, May 3 to reports of a concern for safety of a person in Grimsby. The person was located safe and well by officers with the assistance of NPAS.”

The National Police Air Service plane did a number of sweeps of the Woods. It was from a base at Doncaster and used high-powered lights and heat-seeking equipment to direct officers on the ground.

Four National Police Air Service fixed-wing planes are now at Doncaster, the base which looks after the air sets for Lincolnshire and Humberside. Each of the brightly-coloured Vulcanair P68s aircraft has UK registration markings. They are fitted with L3 WESCAM MX15 state of the art cameras.

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