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It’s helicopter time again

Tuesday, 13 April 2004

Bah! It’s helicopter time again.

Is there such a thing as a quiet helicopter? I get really fed up during the spring, summer and autumn (i.e. most of the year) when I can leave the window open. The dratted police helicopters come and hover over the covered reservoir opposite my flat apparently doing nothing but shine their bloody searchlight onto one of the hatches.

They sometimes fly round and round in circles while they’re doing this with the result that it goes quiet for a while and you think ‘Ah! They’ve gone!’. But they haven’t. They come back.

I imagine they’re practising but why the hell can’t they do it in a quiet helicopter? As you’ll gather they do this at night. Usually at around one in the morning. Usually just after or just before I’ve fallen asleep.

Is there anything anyone can do about this? Is it legal to shoot one down if it drives you barmy? What would you shoot one down with?

Can someone please design a quiet helicopter?

Posted 13 April 2004, 12:23 BST