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Police drone catches drug dealer leaping from window

This is the dramatic moment a police drone tracks down a fleeing drug dealer as he leaps from a back window to escape officers at the front door – before he’s caught and cuffed.

Thomas Stones, 25, hurdled several fences to escape the officers and managed to get away from the police dogs, but couldn’t escape the drone in the sky filming his every move.

Using live footage, riot police caught the criminal in a neighbour’s back garden and arrested him.

Stones, from Matlock, Derbyshire, has since been jailed for two years and four months for possession with intent to supply cocaine and heroin.








Police mugshots of Ricky Dunne, left, and Thomas Stones, right. Stones was jailed for two years and four months and Dunne was sentenced to three years in prison

Police mugshots of Ricky Dunne, left, and Thomas Stones, right. Stones was jailed for two years and four months and Dunne was sentenced to three years in prison

His accomplice Ricky Dunne, also from Matlock, was sentenced to three years in prison for possession of the same drugs.

Derbyshire Police caught the dealers during the raid in the Peak District town in December last year.

Officers had been tipped off by local residents about anti-social behaviour and drug dealing from the house.

When police gathered at the front the pair tried to escape out the back, but were snared by the drone.

Derbyshire Police have now posted the video, showing how the high-tech piece of kit busted the criminals.

Nine people were arrested at the time of the warrant, and three were convicted of drug offences as well as Dunne and Stone.

Joseph Heappey, 18, of Wirksworth, Derbyshire, and Tracey Marriott, 47, of Matlock, were also sentenced at Derby Crown Court on July 28.

Heappey was handed a community order of 18 months and ordered to complete 180 hours unpaid work for possession with intent to supply Class B drugs.

Thomas Stones (circled), 25, escaped from officers through a back window. Derbyshire Police caught the dealers during the raid in the Peak District town in December last year

Thomas Stones (circled), 25, escaped from officers through a back window. Derbyshire Police caught the dealers during the raid in the Peak District town in December last year

Police officers can be seen tracking down Stones and his accomplice. When the cops gathered at the front the pair tried to escape out the back, but were snared by the drone

Police officers can be seen tracking down Stones and his accomplice. When the cops gathered at the front the pair tried to escape out the back, but were snared by the drone

A still taken from the dramatic drone footage. Derbyshire Police posted the video to show how the high-tech piece of kit busted the criminals

A still taken from the dramatic drone footage. Derbyshire Police posted the video to show how the high-tech piece of kit busted the criminals

The fleeing drug dealer (circled) was caught by riot police in a neighbour's back garden and arrested after hurdling several fences and escaping the officer's dogs

The fleeing drug dealer (circled) was caught by riot police in a neighbour’s back garden and arrested after hurdling several fences and escaping the officer’s dogs

Marriott was sentenced to a 12-month community order for permitting the supply of controlled drugs.

Ashley Dunne, 23, also of Matlock, admitted possession with intent to supply diamorphine but will not be sentenced until later this month.

Inspector John Troup, head of policing in the Derbyshire Dales, said: ‘We are committed to targeting the supply and misuse of drugs within our communities.

‘These sentences reflect the hard work and thorough investigation carried out by our officers who have worked in partnership with the local community and our partners to achieve this outcome.

‘Drug dealing is a serious offence which blights communities and we rely on the help and support of the public to provide us with information so that we can bring offenders to justice and keep our neighbourhoods safe.’

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