For a group of children in a village outside of London, an afternoon hunting for Easter eggs turned into a dramatic police chase.
On March 25, a group of families gathered in a field in Capel, England, for a Good Friday Easter egg hunt. Nearby, police were in pursuit of two men suspected of breaking into and robbing a disused building. When the children saw the men sprinting across the field followed by a police helicopter, they realized that they were in the middle of a chase, CNN reports.
The kids laid down on the ground in an arrow formation to point the helicopter toward the suspects. The crew in the helicopter relayed the information to officers on the ground, aiding in eventual apprehension of the men.
Paul Sochon, a sergeant in the National Police Air Service said that the chase was like an "Enid Blyton adventure," making a reference to the popular British children's author who wrote the "Secret Seven" mystery series.
"I'm sure the last thing the group of daring Capel residents expected when they set out on Friday afternoon was to abandon their Easter egg hunt to assist us in a police search," said Sochon. "But the initiative they demonstrated proved to be invaluable."
After the suspects were caught, the police crew landed nearby to thank the children for their help, Skynews reports. "They even shared a few chocolate treats with the team, which was an added bonus after a busy shift," said Sochon.
After the incident, the two men were arrested under suspicion of burglary. They were both released on bail until May 13, while the police continue their investigation.