Chief Superintendent Karen Edwards, Divisional Commander for Lancashire Police’s West Division (pictured) has shared this news this afternoon (Monday 15th May)
“Good afternoon. I would like to tell you about some excellent police work from last night.
“Our officers were made aware of a vehicle in the Kirkham area, believed to be on false registration plates, at around 4.50pm last night (Sunday).
“The car was signalled to stop but made off and a pursuit ensued. During this the vehicle mounted kerbs and drove at speed through built-up areas at 60mph.
“Officers put measures into place to decrease the risk level of the pursuit and stingers were set up. The car was successfully ‘stung’ a short time later.
“However, despite deflated tyres, the driver continued to make off down rural roads and through villages towards Weeton, with the car barely slowing down when the passenger eventually decided to jump out.
“The vehicle was boxed in on Weeton Road and though the driver attempted to ram a police vehicle was quickly arrested. The passenger was also located and arrested.
“The passenger was found to be in possession of a large amount of pre-wrapped class A and B drugs, mobile phones, SIM cards and cash.
“A 28-year-old man of no fixed address was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs. He remains in custody.
“The vehicle was found to have been stolen from the Manchester area in 2021 and was being driven on false plates. A search of the car turned up another nine false registrations plates, more mobile phones and keys to other vehicles.
“The driver of the car was arrested and a 29-year-old man from Sale remains in custody on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle, dangerous driving and failing to stop’’.
“Two people are in custody following a pursuit, which ended with us recovering a stolen vehicle and a large amount of drugs.
“This vehicle posed a genuine danger to the public and I must praise the officers involved in this pursuit, who carried out constant risk assessments throughout and ensured it was brought to a safe conclusion.
“The car, drugs, cash, mobile phones and SIM cards were seized and our enquiries are very much ongoing.
“I hope this sends a message that will not stand for people using Lancashire’s roads for criminality. We will target you, arrest you, seize your assets and put you before court.”