A NIGHTTIME police helicopter chase in Erith ended with three men being arrested on suspicion of metal cable theft.

Two of the suspects ran off after being approached by officers in an unmarked patrol car who noticed them acting suspiciously around a vehicle on Saturday night.

Chopper and dog units were called in and the three men were eventually caught at 12.30am on Sunday in Manor Road, Erith.

Metal cable was found in their vehicle but the trio were released without charge after it could not be traced.

Anyone with information can call 0207 232 6530 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111