Policeman breaks leg after falling 15ft while chasing suspected burglars

Emergency services carry PC Gayles to the waiting air ambulance. Photo: North Yorkshire Police.

A policeman broke his leg after falling 15ft while chasing two suspects last night.

The police dog handler, PC Martin Gayles, was pursuing two men following a suspected burglary at Great Smeaton, between Darlington and Northallerton.

Police were alerted at 7.22pm by a member of the public after a garage had been entered.

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A North Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Officers attended and commenced a search of the area.

“During a search of nearby fields an officer from the Dog Support Unit received injuries to his leg whilst crossing difficult terrain near an embankment.

“He was taken to hospital by air ambulance and received treatment for a broken leg.”

PC Gayles’ broken leg. Photo: North Yorkshire Police.

He was taken to hospital by air ambulance and received treatment.

Meanwhile, the search for the two suspicious males continued and both were successfully located.

A 37-year-old man from Darlington was arrested on suspicion of burglary and a 24-year-old man from Darlington was also arrested on suspicion of burglary and driving a vehicle when alcohol is above the limit.

Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team and Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team volunteers were called in to help take the officer to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance helicopter.