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Police helicopter spots three running wild in Dudley Zoo


Three people were arrested overnight on suspicion attempting to break in to Dudey Zoo after being spotted running through the castle ruins by a police helicopter.
Officers were sent to the scene after a 999 call was received from a member of the public who’d seen a group scaling a perimeter wall at around 12:50am.
The National Police Air Service (NPAS) was on scene within minutes scouring the 40-acre site and soon picked out the suspects using a heat-seeking camera.
Police on the ground were directed in and arrested a 22-year-old woman and two men, aged 24 and 26, on suspicion of attempted burglary. They remain in custody this morning.
No animals were hurt during the break-in and investigators are working to establish whether or not anything was taken by the intruders.

A spokesperson from Dudley Zoo said: “A neighbour alerted our security team who in turn contacted the police. The site has been fully checked and there are no signs of damage or access to enclosures.”