VIDEO: Rooftop chase of Cambs sex offender to feature on tonight’s Cop Squad
DRAMATIC footage of a Cambridgeshire sex offender running across rooftops in a desperate bid to escape arrest will feature in a TV documentary tonight.
A Cop Squad cameraman was with officers as they ran to track down Rafal Mlodzinski, 30, who was wanted for breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) in Peterborough, in March.
The Sky1 documentary, which will be screened at 9pm, shows him run across rooftops in the Millfield area of Peterborough after being challenged by a PCSO.
The programme will also include footage taken from the force helicopter as the crew help officers on the ground close in on the fugitive.
It is the third episode of the 10-part series focusing entirely on Cambridgeshire Police.
Det Con Leigh Mann said: “Mlodzinski ignored the deportation order and the terms of the SOPO which was put in place to protect his victim.
“He was caught thanks to the good work of a PCSO who recognised him in the street and the subsequent teamwork by officers on the ground and in the air as he was tacked down and arrested.
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“This case shows how seriously SOPO breaches are taken and we will work relentlessly to ensure victims in such cases are given as much protection as possible.”
Mlodzinksi had been deported after serving a prison sentence for a sexual assault in 2008. He was also banned from making contact with his victim, who lived in Peterborough, under the terms of his SOPO.
However, he breached the order by returning to the UK and tracking down his victim in February.
He was circulated as wanted and a PCSO spotted him in the Millfield area of the city on the afternoon of March 29. Instead of giving himself up, Mlodzinski ran off and climbed onto the rooftops in Lincoln Road.
He then spent about 10 minutes jumping from roof to roof in an effort to avoid arrest.
But with the helicopter hovering overhead, officers were able to close in on him and he was eventually detained in Burmer Road.
He pleaded guilty to six breaches of the SOPO and was jailed for 21 months at Peterborough Crown Court last month. He will be deported on completion of the sentence.