Sussex Police are to use more stingers to halt getaway cars on the county's roads

More use of stingers to halt getaway cars on Sussex's roads

More use of stingers to halt getaway cars on Sussex's roads

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Police officers are being given new equipment to stop criminals in car chases.

Stop Stick devices, also known as stingers, are placed in the path of vehicles to puncture tyres and stop those involved in a getaway.

The equipment had only previously been used by Sussex Police’s road policing unit and tactical firearms teams – but bosses have now armed neighbourhood response teams with 40 of the devices.

Officers are undergoing special training to use the devices and will carry them whenever they are called out to jobs – instead of having to request them from other units.

Inspector Phil Nicholas said: “We have bought another 40 Stop Stick devices so that they can be used when they are needed anywhere in the county without the need for specialist teams to be brought in, which can take time.

“When suspects are being pursued they can put pedestrians and other people on the road in danger by driving erratically or at high speed to get away from officers.

“We want to prevent that and using Stop Sticks allows us to slow down a suspect’s vehicle quickly. They have proved very effective in reducing the length of pursuits or even preventing them from happening at all by stopping vehicles.”

Sussex Police told The Argus each Stop Stick cost £500 – meaning the force’s new gadgets cost £20,000.

Inspector Nicholas added: “For a relatively small cost we hope to slow down and stop criminals who are driving around the county, which will help to make the roads of Sussex safer for everyone.”

A police spokesman said officers will only use Stop Sticks on occasions when they are unlikely to put the driver or other people at risk.

Stop Sticks were used twice in the first six months of 2014 in Sussex.

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11:13am Tue 22 Jul 14

chrismilo says...

Shame they can't use them on cyclists on pavements.
Shame they can't use them on cyclists on pavements. chrismilo
  • Score: 12

1:06pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Withdean-er says...

Good.
Give them to residents, to halt speeding motorists driving through residential roads without a **** to anyone else.
Good. Give them to residents, to halt speeding motorists driving through residential roads without a **** to anyone else. Withdean-er
  • Score: 9

1:53pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Trickee says...

Lazy Argus... The picture has an ancient j reg Rover police car in the background. Plus the device in the picture is not even a stop stick, but a stinger which is totally different and no longer used in this country.
Lazy Argus... The picture has an ancient j reg Rover police car in the background. Plus the device in the picture is not even a stop stick, but a stinger which is totally different and no longer used in this country. Trickee
  • Score: 10

4:57pm Tue 22 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

Trickee wrote:
Lazy Argus... The picture has an ancient j reg Rover police car in the background. Plus the device in the picture is not even a stop stick, but a stinger which is totally different and no longer used in this country.
Did The Argus claim that the stinger in the photo was one of a new batch of them?

No...it was simply showing what they look like, presumably as a warning to all potential speeding motorists.
[quote][p][bold]Trickee[/bold] wrote: Lazy Argus... The picture has an ancient j reg Rover police car in the background. Plus the device in the picture is not even a stop stick, but a stinger which is totally different and no longer used in this country.[/p][/quote]Did The Argus claim that the stinger in the photo was one of a new batch of them? No...it was simply showing what they look like, presumably as a warning to all potential speeding motorists. stevo!!
  • Score: -11

5:56pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Trickee says...

stevo!! wrote:
Trickee wrote:
Lazy Argus... The picture has an ancient j reg Rover police car in the background. Plus the device in the picture is not even a stop stick, but a stinger which is totally different and no longer used in this country.
Did The Argus claim that the stinger in the photo was one of a new batch of them?

No...it was simply showing what they look like, presumably as a warning to all potential speeding motorists.
The point is that a stinger and a stop stick are not the same thing. The article should make no reference to stingers as that's not what the police have. A stinger pops tyres causing sudden loss of control and are potentially very dangerous. A stop stick uses hollow spikes which break off in the tyre causing a slower, controlled deflation which is far safer.
[quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Trickee[/bold] wrote: Lazy Argus... The picture has an ancient j reg Rover police car in the background. Plus the device in the picture is not even a stop stick, but a stinger which is totally different and no longer used in this country.[/p][/quote]Did The Argus claim that the stinger in the photo was one of a new batch of them? No...it was simply showing what they look like, presumably as a warning to all potential speeding motorists.[/p][/quote]The point is that a stinger and a stop stick are not the same thing. The article should make no reference to stingers as that's not what the police have. A stinger pops tyres causing sudden loss of control and are potentially very dangerous. A stop stick uses hollow spikes which break off in the tyre causing a slower, controlled deflation which is far safer. Trickee
  • Score: 0

6:37pm Tue 22 Jul 14

BaldEagle says...

The Stop Stick is also a great deal less dangerous to handle....

Nice nostalgic photo from the 80s.
The Stop Stick is also a great deal less dangerous to handle.... Nice nostalgic photo from the 80s. BaldEagle
  • Score: 1

7:58pm Tue 22 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

Trickee wrote:
stevo!! wrote:
Trickee wrote:
Lazy Argus... The picture has an ancient j reg Rover police car in the background. Plus the device in the picture is not even a stop stick, but a stinger which is totally different and no longer used in this country.
Did The Argus claim that the stinger in the photo was one of a new batch of them?

No...it was simply showing what they look like, presumably as a warning to all potential speeding motorists.
The point is that a stinger and a stop stick are not the same thing. The article should make no reference to stingers as that's not what the police have. A stinger pops tyres causing sudden loss of control and are potentially very dangerous. A stop stick uses hollow spikes which break off in the tyre causing a slower, controlled deflation which is far safer.
So when the police claim that in some instances " even preventing them from happening at all by stopping vehicles." they are talking about devices other than stop sticks?
[quote][p][bold]Trickee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Trickee[/bold] wrote: Lazy Argus... The picture has an ancient j reg Rover police car in the background. Plus the device in the picture is not even a stop stick, but a stinger which is totally different and no longer used in this country.[/p][/quote]Did The Argus claim that the stinger in the photo was one of a new batch of them? No...it was simply showing what they look like, presumably as a warning to all potential speeding motorists.[/p][/quote]The point is that a stinger and a stop stick are not the same thing. The article should make no reference to stingers as that's not what the police have. A stinger pops tyres causing sudden loss of control and are potentially very dangerous. A stop stick uses hollow spikes which break off in the tyre causing a slower, controlled deflation which is far safer.[/p][/quote]So when the police claim that in some instances " even preventing them from happening at all by stopping vehicles." they are talking about devices other than stop sticks? stevo!!
  • Score: -3

8:44pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Nikski says...

chrismilo wrote:
Shame they can't use them on cyclists on pavements.
Cretin
[quote][p][bold]chrismilo[/bold] wrote: Shame they can't use them on cyclists on pavements.[/p][/quote]Cretin Nikski
  • Score: 0

9:06pm Tue 22 Jul 14

chrismilo says...

Nikski wrote:
chrismilo wrote:
Shame they can't use them on cyclists on pavements.
Cretin
I take it from that your one of the irresponsible cyclists then ?
[quote][p][bold]Nikski[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chrismilo[/bold] wrote: Shame they can't use them on cyclists on pavements.[/p][/quote]Cretin[/p][/quote]I take it from that your one of the irresponsible cyclists then ? chrismilo
  • Score: 2

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