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Last night (Monday 20 February 2023), two men in their 30s were arrested on suspicion of burglary, dangerous driving, and criminal damage.
At around 10:45pm, GMP’s specialist Tactical Vehicle Intercept Unit (TVIU) noticed a Land Rover Discovery Sport run a red light on Shepley Road in Ashton-under-Lyne. Following a short pursuit, the officers intercepted the vehicle which was suspected stolen just days before in Bramhall.
As the suspects fled the scene, multiple objects and bricks were launched at the officers involved, causing serious damage to police vehicles.
Following a successful coordination of TVIU and GMP dog handlers, both men were detained shortly after. They remain in police custody for questioning.
Superintendent John-Paul Ruffle of GMP's Specialist Operations said: "Our officers are faced with a number of different situations every single day and work hard to keep the public safe and to crack down on criminal activity.
"In this instance, serious damage was caused to the police vehicles with several objects being launched at the car, thankfully, the officer and no members of the public were seriously injured in this attack.
“GMP will not tolerate this behaviour and I hope last night’s collaborative actions demonstrate that we will use all resources available to catch the suspects and make sure our streets are safe."