Police helicopter scrambled amid reports of armed police in Lincoln

A police helicopter has been scrambled to Lincoln. The helicopter was first spotted over the Monks Road area of the city at around 1pm this afternoon. The National Police Air Service helicopter has been dispatched to the area, having reportedly travelled from Birmingham.

The service is used for a variety of tasks for police forces such as searching for high risk missing people/concern for welfare/injured people, searching for suspects, managing vehicle pursuits from the air and assisting with counter terrorism/specialist firearms operations. The NPAS website states: “In time-critical searches such as that of a high risk missing person or child, the time saved in locating them can literally the difference between life and death.” Flight monitors online have registered the helicopter as being active in the area.

Lincs999air tweeted: “Police Helicopter UKP041 G-POLJ, a Eurocopter EC135 T2+ of NPAS, detected on Police Air Support Operations in our monitoring area.” Lincolnshire Live has contacted Lincolnshire Police for more information. This is a breaking incident and we’ll bring you live updates throughout the course of the event.

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