Dudley high-speed-pursuit leads to arrests and stolen cars recovered

Five suspected car thieves − including four school-age boys − were arrested and stolen cars recovered following two West Midlands Police pursuits overnight.

Officers stopped an Audi A4 − suspected of being used to deal drugs − at around 11.45pm last night in Brierley Hill Road following a pursuit through Dudley.

It started in Summer Hill, Kingswinford, around 15 minutes earlier when the driver, later found to be a 16-year-old boy, rammed a police patrol vehicle after officers had cornered it in a Harvester pub car park.

The teenage driver, a 15-year-old passenger and a 22-year-old man were all arrested with drugs seized and a large machete recovered.

The Audi, which was running on cloned plates, is understood to have been stolen during a burglary in Quinton on 14 November.

And shortly after midnight, a police pursuit started in Great King Street North, Newtown, after a VW Polo – spotted driving erratically – refused to stop for traffic cops.

It was tailed through Aston before being intercepted in Birchfield Road where two 16-year-olds, both from Perry Barr, were arrested on suspicion of robbery.

The Polo is believed to have been stolen during a carjacking at Alexander Stadium in Walsall Road, at 11.30pm on Monday night when a 23-year-old man and his girlfriend were dragged from the car.


The machete recovered following the police pursuit

West Midlands Police Superintendent Dave Twyford, said:

“These are very notable arrests and our detectives will be looking to see if they form part of a wider car theft series.

“What we do know is that two stolen cars have been recovered − one from a car key burglary and the other in a violent robbery − and a machete recovered. One of the suspects gestured to threaten our officers with the machete but the threat was quickly nullified.

“These are the latest arrests as part of West Midlands Police’s Operation Cantil which is targeting car thieves, car-jackers and burglars.”

West Midlands Police has been running Operation Cantil since last September.

It’s yielded great results with around 1,000 suspects arrested − including 300 for burglary or car theft − the recovery of almost 600 stolen cars, and more than 300 police pursuits of suspects.

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