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If you can't sleep, too bad: PSNI's message to public annoyed by noise of helicopters

'They aren't up there for a laugh'

The PSNI has told members of the public disturbed by the noise of police helicopter's "if you can't sleep, too bad".

Police made the comments in a post on the PSNI Craigavon Facebook page.

The force issued the statement after being contacted by concerned members of the public "demanding" to know why the helicopter was up.

Police said that when the police helicopter is operational it's because it is on an important operation.

"They aren't just up for a laugh, they aren't just up to annoy you and keep you awake. If you find them up late at night again and don't know why, be thankful it's not you who has a loved one missing," the statement read.

"Be thankful it's not you who's had their car stolen. Be thankful it's not you who has been burgled. Or, if you've been up to badness, be worried."

The statement said police were "amazed" at the number of private messages "demanding" they had receive asking to know why the helicopter has been up during the week.

The statement added: "When we attend calls, we ask for whatever resources we deem to be most suitable. Sometimes we get them, sometimes we don't.

"Missing people, stolen cars, burglary suspects on the move, pre-planned arrests we want the eye in the sky for to make sure someone doesn't bolt...all of the above are reasons why the chopper may be up.

"In addition to that, they have routine patrols which they carry out. Put yourself in the shoes of a burglar. You're out looking for vulnerable victims, and you see the chopper overhead. What do you do?

"It won't surprise you to know that we don't get many burglary reports while the chopper is out!

"In short, if you can't sleep, too bad. Our eye in the sky is up carrying out police work, as are the cars you see, the beat patrols you see, and the check points you stop at. They aren't just up for a laugh, they aren't just up to annoy you and keep you awake."

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