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Police helicopter tracks stolen van during pursuit from Wetherby

Police helicopter tracks stolen van during pursuit from Wetherby

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 11:12am 22nd August 2019. (Updated at 11:13am 22nd August 2019)

The suspect abandoned the vehicle after police used a 'stinger' device in Long Marston, he ran off but was caught and arrested by officers.

  • The pursuit lasting several miles happened just before 9am on Wednesday.
  • Police have arrested a man in his 30s from Gateshead.
  • He's now been released on bail while further enquiries are carried out.

A man has been arrested and police recovered a stolen van after a pursuit which started near Wetherby.

Officers followed the Ford Transit as it travelled into North Yorkshire.

The driver failed to stop and led police on a pursuit that lasted several miles as the vehicles headed from Walshford towards York.

A National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter helped track the suspect.

The incident happened just before 9am yesterday.

Officers laid a 'stinger' device on roads in Long Marston but the suspect abandoned the vehicle. He made off on foot and was chased and detained by police.

A Gateshead man in his 30s was arrested on suspicion of theft of a vehicle and motoring offences.

He was taken into custody and has been released on bail today while further enquiries are carried out.