Chopper search was to hunt down a stolen car



Written by Scott Campbell, Cumbernauld Media's Senior Reporter.

Published at 15:46 on 5 February 2015


Police    Crime



Some of the people who contacted us described how police officers appeared to be "out in force" yesterday afternoon, with a strengthened police presence concentrated in parts of Eastfield, well into late yesterday evening.

The helicopter was spotted at around 4:50pm and appeared to stay up for around 90 minutes. Picture: Scott Campbell for Cumbernauld Media.

POLICE have confirmed that an operation, described by some local residents, as involving a "large" police presence across the northern side of Cumbenauld yesterday afternoon (4 February) was because of a search for a stolen vehicle.

Concerned readers contacted Cumbernauld Media late yesterday afternoon to ask whether we knew why the Police helicopter was circling parts of the town.

Being spotted first at around 4:50pm, the police chopper apparently circled large parts of Cumbernauld for nearly 90 minutes, with its search light on.

Readers told us that the helicopter appeared to be especially concerned with the Eastfield, Kildrum and Seafar areas of Cumbernauld - with some people telling us that the helicopter appeared to be flying low, as if searching for an individual.

Speculation soon followed online, especially thorough social media networks, such as Facebook, with some readers desperate for the official facts - facts which were only made available today (5 February).

Some of the people who contacted us described how police officers appeared to be "out in force" yesterday afternoon, with a strengthened police presence concentrated in parts of Eastfield, well into late yesterday evening.

No official word was readily available last night, merely a statement on fact from Police Scotland that there might be an "ongoing" incident somewhere in Cumbernauld. Today, though, Police Scotland has confirmed to Cumbernauld Media that the helicopter had in fact been called in to aid with the search of a stolen vehicle.

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland confined that: "The helicopter was assisting in the search for a stolen car."