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12May94 UK: PC CHASES RUNAWAY SCRAPER - WIMMPEY SITE BROKEN INTO.

A policeman chased a runaway 60 tonne earthmover for more than a mile after two boys broke into a Wimpey site and started up the monster machine.PC Jeff Manners caught up with the driverless scraper and managed to stop it just yards from a main road and an electricity pylon.The super-fit officer hauled himself into the cab by a trailing ladder and drove the scraper around in circles until he could switch off the engine.Police were called to Wimpey's Brockworth bypass site near Gloucester after reports that a gang of boys was trying to start up plant last Saturday.Two Terex TS24s had been started but only one set off across an adjacent field.A Wimpey spokesman said: 'Both scrapers were set off, but luckily a policeman stepped in to save the situation before any real harm was done.'Two boys were arrested and released on police bail. CONSTRUCTION NEWS