To Help Cops, Kids Make a Human Arrow

[World News ★★★]


(P1) Two guys fleeing cops in Britain had to contend with more than just the officers and helicopter on their tail: A bunch of kids on an Easter egg hunt also stood between them and freedom, reports CNN. As the chopper buzzed and two burglary suspects ran across the Surrey field where the kids were gathered, “the children quickly formed an arrow on the ground in the middle of a plowed field to guide the helicopter in the direction of the fleeing pair,” a police statement says. “The helicopter crew relayed this information to officers on the ground and a short time later two men were arrested.”

(P2) The chopper crew later landed to thank the kids personally, and police called their help “invaluable.” They’re also winning widespread praise elsewhere as the story makes the rounds. “Incredible,” declares, while the New York Daily News calls it “ingenious” and the Sunextraordinary.” Not as thrilled: The two men, ages 27 and 28, who police say were burglarizing an abandoned building nearby. (Another unusual police chase took place in the US this weekend—involving a Chihuahua.)

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If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Should the kids be given an award or reward for helping to capture the suspects?
  3. Would you do something like the kids did to help capture suspected criminals?
  4. Do the police in your country use helicopters or other vehicles to perform their work (I.E motorcycles, boats, etc.)?
  5. Would you consider the kids’ action brave? Why or why not?


What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • On their tail (P1)
  • Easter egg hunt (P1)
  • Fleeing pair (P1)
  • Involving a Chihuahua (P2)

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