Suspected Ilford fuel thief hid in manure to evade police helicopter

A 34-year-old suspected fuel thief from Ilford was found hiding in manure by police after he tried to evade thermal imaging cameras.

A search was launched in Wiltshire on Wednesday evening following reports that the Lithuanian man was driving a “suspicious van”.

After abandoning his van, officers on the ground and in a helicopter searched for him and he was discovered by a police dog in a manure heap on a local farm.

The suspect was hot from running and was visible on the helicopter’s thermal imaging cameras, according to police.

A 1,000 litre tank and pumping equipment were found in his van.

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He was arrested on suspicion of going equipped to steal but was cautioned and released without charge.

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