A senior police official has thanked the people of Wiltshire for their help in catching two suspected sex offenders.

The 28-year-old pair were caught in Devizes using drones, dogs and armed police in an “extensive intelligence-led search”.

Superintendent Doug Downing, County Hub Commander, said it would not have been possible without the public’s “invaluable” help.

He said: “Whilst we were are able to draw on a wide range of assets including our dog and drone units, Neighbourhood Policing teams and technical staff, there is no doubt that support from our communities played a vital and significant role in this case - leading directly to the detention of the two suspects.

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"The support, involvement and intelligence we have from the communities we serve plays such a vital role in helping us to Keep Wiltshire Safe.

"On behalf of Wiltshire Police, I would like to thank all members of the public who supported in this instance, meaning we were able to act swiftly to apprehend and arrest these offenders.

"I urge our communities to continue to provide community intelligence to us to help us to bring offenders to justice. Your support is truly invaluable."

One of those arrested was caught hiding in a bush by a police dog, PD Ash. The other was located by armed response.

It followed a national appeal launched by Thames Valley Police who were searching for the men in connection with sexual offences in Newbury.

A Wiltshire Police spokesperson said: “Two men who were wanted in connection with sexual offences in Newbury have now been arrested in Devizes following a national appeal.

“The pair, both aged 28, had been sighted in Wiltshire since the appeal was launched by Thames Valley Police on 13 June. They are now in police custody.

“They were located following an extensive intelligence-led search involving dog and drone units, with the help of the public.”

The Hub Commander added: “You can report a crime or submit intelligence to us on our website.

“You can also call 101 for non-urgent crimes or report anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

“In an emergency always call 999.

“Thank you for supporting policing in the County.”