I've been approached by a couple of people asking about an incident at the Woodvale site. I have been unable to tell them much. But last night I got an email from the police which explains what went on:
10th October 2009
I write to keep you informed of an incident involving the force helicopter based at Woodvale..
Just before 10.30pm on the evening of 9th October 2009 officers on duty at RAF Woodvale prevented a number of offenders from causing serious damage to the force helicopter.
Other officers quickly arrived on the scene and the offenders left having caused slight damage to the helicopter.
The prompt action by police officers and the recently enhanced security measures prevented the offenders from causing anything other than minor damage to the aircraft.
As a precautionary measure Merseyside Fire and Rescue service attended the scene. No persons were injured during the incident.
The Mitsubishi Shogun vehicle, believed to have been used by the offenders was later found burnt out on Moors lane.
A short time later an Audi vehicle was seen traveling at speed along the Formby by-pass away from the scene. This vehicle was tracked and pursued from the Southport area to Liverpool City Centre.
The vehicle then entered the Birkenhead Tunnel. The vehicle exited the tunnel and returned to the Liverpool City Centre area where it eventually came to a halt after colliding with a police vehicle. The police vehicle caught fire as a result of the collision.
Three men aged 24, 25 and 26 from the vehicle were arrested at scene.
Following the incident the tunnel was closed to allow an extensive search by officers.
The three currently remain in custody whilst the investigation continues.
Anyone wishing to contact me or any of the Neighbourhood Team directly regarding this or any other incident, we can be contacted on 0151 777 4142
Insp Jim McLoughlin
Formby/Birkdale and Ainsdale Neighbourhood.