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CrimePolice make arrest following clampdown on car thefts

Police make arrest following clampdown on car thefts

A police pursuit of a BMW X5 travelling at 90mph resulted in seizure of class A drugs and a knife.

On Friday, Greater Manchester Police’s Tactical Vehicle Intercept Unit were deployed in North Manchester in response to an increase in the theft of vehicles.

But whilst on patrol, they came across a car travelling at 90mph.

The driver failed to stop, so specially-trained police drivers began a pursuit of the BWW X5, which eventually collided with a crash barrier on the M60, before rolling and landing on its roof.

On searching the vehicle, police found large quantities of class A drugs and a knife. Vehicle checks showed the car to be stolen.

The driver was taken to hospital but has since been discharged.

A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of burglary, possession with intent to supply and possession of an offensive weapon and remains in police custody.

Burglary a “top priority”

Sergeant Nasim from GMP’s Tactical Vehicle Intercept Unit said: “Highly trained drivers from our unit are across Greater Manchester day and night, with the sole purpose of disrupting organised crime and keeping our streets safe.

“This weekend we noticed the vehicle driving erratically through Manchester, hitting speeds of over 90mph, which could have had devastating consequences. Thankfully, no members of the public were injured, and I am pleased that my officers are safe too.

“Burglary remains a top priority for the force and resources across GMP continue to work tirelessly to apprehend offenders who commit these intrusive crimes.

“We would like drivers to think about making it harder for criminals to steal their belongings by taking the time to read through some of our crime prevention advice as some simple tips can make a big difference, especially if you have keyless entry.”

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