Suttons are getting like the ‘wild west’

Police cars in Sutton Bridge following the pursuit of a suspected stolen car.

Police cars in Sutton Bridge following the pursuit of a suspected stolen car.

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Police arrested a man and used a helicopter to search for a second after a suspected stolen car was stopped in Sutton Bridge.

Resident and former parish councillor Vicky Hills was inside her home on the corner of New Road and Bridge Road when a car hit a green gas box near her fence, broke a slat in the fence and struck her gatepost.

Mrs Hills said: “I just heard screeching of tyres as they were going round the corner.”

Police closed New Road to traffic as the incident unfolded.

Mrs Hills said: “I think the car must have been abandoned and they tried to scarper. One of the guys was arrested. The police helicopter was searching for the other person but to my knowledge they did not find him.

“There were Norfolk police everywhere. I don’t know if any Lincs police were in attendance.”

Mrs Hills says this incident – and recent crimes reported in Sutton Bridge and Long Sutton – are making the area seem like “the wild west”.

She understands police were pursuing the car at the time it hit her property, but doesn’t know what else they are supposed to do if they believe a crime is in progress.

It’s the third time her fence has been hit by a car.

“The last time I had it smashed in was when they came through my side and out through my neighbour’s – that was in 2011,” she said.

A spokesman for Norfolk Police told us: “A man in his early 20s was arrested on January 24, 2016, on suspicion of burglary and driving offences.

“He was taken to King’s Lynn Police Information Centre for further questioning and was released on bail until March 9, 2016, pending further enquiries.”

Lincolnshire Police told us the incident related to a burglary and a fail to stop, and county police are working with Norfolk on a “burglary series”.