Gatwick Airport police will be able to respond to potential security alerts quicker thanks to a pair of three-wheeled vehicles – that look a tiny bit like Daleks.
Sussex Police officers patrolling the airport have been handed two of the Raptor vehicles as part of a month-long trial, in a bid to speed-up response times across the miles of corridors within the Terminals.
The three-wheeled personal transporters bear a striking resemblance to the evil Doctor Who baddies, because of the curved front and singular headlamp ‘eye.’
A Sussex Police spokesman said: “They will be used by the police community safety team to travel from the police station at the airport to terminal buildings, enabling PCSOs to respond to calls faster than they would on foot and to enhance police visibility.”
The Raptors, which have a top speed of 25mph, were invented and manufactured by midlands-based company Ecospin.
A spokesman for the company said: “The Raptor has European-type approval which means it’s road legal in 58 countries and is designed here in England.
They will be used by the police community safety team to travel from the police station at the airport to terminal buildings, enabling PCSOs to respond to calls faster than they would on foot and to enhance police visibilitySussex Police
“It is also manufactured here and is aimed at the professional end user like police airport security staff, shopping mall staff and postal workers.”
But just like their fictional doppelgangers, Raptors can’t climb stairs.