/ A bed sheet filled with £6k of cigarettes recovered

A bed sheet filled with £6,000 worth of cigarettes has been recovered after a police pursuit in Blackley.

Around 12.55am this morning (Saturday 15 December 2018), police were called to the One Stop shop on Haverfield Road to reports of a burglary.

Officers attended the scene of the burglary – which CCTV shows lasted just seven minutes – and discovered a large quantity of cigarettes had been stolen.

A short time later, officers from GMP’s Tactical Vehicle Intercept Unit were involved in a pursuit with a car that failed to stop before it was involved in a collision on Bury New Road in Salford.

The occupants of the car abandoned the vehicle, which sparked a coordinated search by specialist officers with support from the National Police Aviation Service.

In the search, officers recovered £6,000 worth of cigarettes and cigarette trays that were stored in a bed sheet and two men aged 22 and 27 were arrested nearby on suspicion of burglary. They remain in custody for questioning.

Detective Chief Inspector Liam Boden of GMP’s City of Manchester Division, said: “Despite this happening in the early hours of the morning, our officers immediately responded and within half an hour, we had two people in custody.

“Our enquiries will continue throughout the day and we are looking to trace two other people in connection with the burglary.

“I appreciate it was dark and in the middle of the night but if anyone has any information, whatever it may be, please get in touch with our detectives.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 3231 quoting reference number 117 of 15/12/18 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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