Surrey Police explains reason for helicopter that was over Guildford for several hours

Two arrests have been made after a man was “seriously assaulted” in Guildford.

A police helicopter flew over the Stoughton, Bellfields and Merrow areas of Guildford for several hours from around 1.30pm on Saturday (August 22), with residents in the area reporting a large presence of officers on the ground, too.

On Monday (August 24), Surrey Police gave a short statement explaining why its officers required the assistance of the National Police Air Service (NPAS).

A spokesperson for the force said: “Officers were called to Stringers Common in Guildford following reports of a man being seriously assaulted.

“Following assistance from NPAS, two suspects were quickly located and arrested on suspicion of ABH [actual bodily harm].”

The statement added that two men, both 21 and from Guildford, have been released under investigation with bail conditions.

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Residents had been wondering why the helicopter was over the area for most of Saturday afternoon.

One Twitter user said: “Helicopter and loads of sirens in Guildford? What’s going on?”

Guildford Beat responded by saying that the helicopter was over the area “for a policing purpose”, but that it could not advise why due to data protection.

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