Children on an Easter egg hunt formed a human arrow to direct a police helicopter to two suspected burglars, reports the DaiIy Mail.
The group of 30 youngsters and adults were in a field in Capel, Surrey, on Good Friday when they spotted the aircraft circling overhead.
The National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter had been called by Surrey Police after a report of intruders at a disused building.
The quick-thinking children spotted two men fleeing across the field and formed a human arrow to direct officers to them.
Describing what happened next, one of them, a nine-year-old girl, said: ‘It was really noisy and we could see it said “police” on the bottom. Then we saw a man running along the side of the field. We could see him but the helicopter couldn’t because it was hovering over the woods.
‘We saw the man take his jumper off and put it around his head. Then he dropped it and ran off into the woods and we pointed and shouted at the helicopter, “He’s gone that way!”
‘But the helicopter looked like it was pointing in the opposite direction. Then two of my friends said, “Let’s get into an arrow” and we got into position on the ground.’
The quick-thinking children lay there for a minute before the pilot took notice and headed in the direction they were pointing.
The helicopter crew told officers on the ground, who arrested two men.
Another girl, also nine, added: ‘About five minutes later, the helicopter came back and landed in the field and the officers came to talk to us.
‘They said they thought we were messing around at first but they followed our arrow and caught the men. We feel really proud of what we did.’
NPAS Sergeant Paul Sochon said: “The swift action taken by the group of parents and their children was the sort of thing you would usually associate with an Enid Blyton adventure but their ingenuity proved a great help for our crews.
“As a thank you for their efforts, the NPAS crew landed nearby to thank the children for the role they played in the incident and they even shared a few chocolate treats with the team, which was an added bonus after a busy shift.”
A 28-year-old man and a 27-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of burglary.
They were released on bail until 13 May pending further inquiries.