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Two men arrested following pursuit of stolen car

Two men were arrested with the support of police dog Draco following the pursuit of a stolen car in Salford.

At around 7pm on Tuesday 5 March 2019, police were called to reports of a car theft on Manchester Road in Pendlebury.

Two men – armed with a metal pole – approached the grey Fabia Steele that had stopped at the junction with Hospital Road to let people to cross.

They opened the driver’s door and threated the 51-year-old woman before demanding she hand over her keys.

An offender dragged the woman from the car before the duo fled in the stolen Fabia.

Officers from GMP’s Tactical Vehicle Intercept Unit were deployed to locate and stop the vehicle and less than an hour later, the patrol team spotted the car.

The team covertly followed it before a pursuit commenced after the offenders failed to stop for them.

In an attempt to escape, the driver of the Fabia rammed the police vehicles several times before coming to a stop on Brindle Heath Road and fleeing on foot.

German Shephard police dog Draco was released and subsequently apprehended a man on a nearby field where a second man was also arrested by officers.

Two men – aged 32 and 19 – were arrested on suspicion of robbery. The 32-year-old was also arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and they both remain in custody for questioning.

Thankfully no-one was injured but two police cars now require repair work.

Superintendent Mark Dexter, of GMP’s Specialist Operations, said: “Thanks to the quick work of our officers, we were able to recover both the car and the weapon we believe to have been used during the initial robbery.

“Although the woman wasn’t injured she was understandably terrified by the robbers who came out of nowhere and dragged her from the car.

“As a result of great teamwork and crucial co-ordination of our specialist resources, we were able to track the car down in an hour and get two men in custody.

“Through Operation Dynamo we will continue to crackdown on robbers who terrorise members of the public and subject them to dangerous and frightening attacks such as this to steal cars."

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting incident number 1891 of 05/03/2019, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

© Greater Manchester Police 2019