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Police officer commandeers gritter lorry to find missing boy

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 12:15pm

A missing boy has been found thanks to a quick-thinking police officer who commandeered a gritter lorry to track him down.

Paul Goodier acted quickly after the youngster’s parents reported that their son had run away from them in Tiverton, Devon. Spotting a passing gritter truck, the PCSO flagged it down to ask the driver if he had seen anyone matching the missing boy’s description. When the driver said he had, the police officer jumped aboard to head to the area where the boy had been seen.

Devon and Cornwall Police described it as a ‘follow that car moment’. “Following a report of a young lad having run off from his parents, Goodier swung into action,” a spokesman for the force said. “Thinking on his feet he flagged down a gritter, on the basis that the driver had, to some extent, been ‘patrolling’, and asked him if he had seen a lad matching the description.

He had.”
The chase, such as it was, was a little on the slow side, not least because the pair had to take care to avoid any roads the lorry had already gritted. But they managed to get back to the area and found the boy safe and well.

The police spokesman said the boy’s “shocked face” as the officer climbed down from the cab was “apparently a picture”, and that “he didn’t even think to run off” again.

“With thanks to the gritter driver for his flexibility, determination and grit, for not making a complaint of kidnap and hijack and for putting up with PCSO Goodier in his cab for over 10 minutes,” he added.

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