Police roll out new device to spike car tyres

A NEW device is being used by South Yorkshire Police to deflate the tyres of vehicles they are chasing.

All frontline officers are being trained to use the ‘StopStick’, which brings pursuits “to a swift and safe conclusion before they have chance to develop into a potentially dangerous situation”.

Police have bought 330 of the devices, which replace the ‘Stinger’ and have been installed in every marked operational vehicle. When its quill-style spikes penetrate the vehicle’s tyres and the wheels rotate, it pulls off the tip of the spikes, leaving several valves within each tyre which are deflated within 30 seconds.

Insp Craig Clifton said: “Because ‘StopStick’ is so safe to handle it will allow us to train a lot more people and therefore a lot more cars can carry them.”