Stinger deployed to stop car stolen from Sidmouth

A car reported stolen from Sidmouth had all four tyres blown when police in Wiltshire deployed a stinger. The force helicopter and a dog unit were also involved in the pursuit. 

The vehicle was spotted on the A303 yesterday morning. Three occupants attempted to flee the scene after the Astra hit a grass bank near Stonehenge.

The driver and a passenger were detained but a third person is still being hunted by police.

Wiltshire Police said: “The driver is currently in custody and the passenger was taken to hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

“A 40-year-old man from London and a 41-year-old man, of no fixed address, were arrested on suspicion of stealing a motor vehicle.

“A third man is still outstanding but we are making enquiries to locate him.”

The area of the A303 where the stinger was deployed was closed to traffic while the operation was carried out.

Inspector Ricky Lee said:  “This was good work carried out between the dogs’ unit, the police helicopter team and our officers on the ground.

“From receiving the call to stopping the vehicle and apprehending two of the three occupants took less than half an hour thanks to the diligent and professional work of the teams involved.

“We are appealing for witnesses to find the third suspect; if you heard or saw anything suspicious or anyone acting suspiciously in this busy area this morning please contact us.”

Anyone with information should call 101 and quote crime reference number 5419007643 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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