Elite cops arrest driver of this stolen car and found a stash of weapons inside

A terrifying stash of weapons have been recovered by an elite police team after they arrested the driver of a stolen car. Unmarked vehicles from GMP’s Tactical Intercept Unit pursued a black Volkswagen Polo for a short distance in Oldham earlier today. The vehicle had previously been stolen in a burglary in Ashton.

Officers deployed a tyre-piercing stinger device to halt a potentially dangerous chase and the driver abandoned the Polo. He was then chased on foot by two TVIU officers for about 100 yards before being taken down.

Unmarked vehicles from GMP’s Tactical Intercept Unit pursued a black Volkswagen Polo for a short distance in Oldham earlier today

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An axe and a double-spiked knuckle duster were recovered at the scene. A suspect was later arrested on suspicion of burglary, handling stolen goods, and possession of an offensive weapon.

Police had followed the car at about 50 mph in a bid to keep the public safe. Once the stinger was deployed the Polo stopped after 30 seconds.

Elite cops arrest driver of this stolen car and found a stash of weapons insideThe vehicle had previously been stolen in a burglary in Ashton

Last month the same unit recovered a stolen Audi, a loaded gun, and GBP5,000 worth of cash and drugs after 70mph chase through Moss Side and Hulme. Today’s arrest was part of the force’s Operation Dynamo which was set up to dismantle organised crime gangs involved in the theft of vehicles.

Domestic burglaries are being linked by police to global crime syndicates. The crime that starts with a thief on a driveway can end with a car dismantled and sold piece by piece on eBay to China – or shipped whole to Europe, Africa or Asia.

Elite cops arrest driver of this stolen car and found a stash of weapons insideOfficers deployed a tyre-piercing stinger device to halt a potentially dangerous chase and the driver abandoned the Polo – and found an axe, among other items, inside

The lucrative nature of the crime has fuelled an huge increase in car theft across Greater Manchester. The number of cars stolen in the region has gone up from 6,428 in 2014 to 10, 040 last year – or 27 cars a day.

Between June last year and January 2019 the Tactical Vehicle Intercept Unit recovered 273 cars worth GBP6.3m, plus GBP189,650 in cash and GBP52,400 worth of drugs. A ‘chop shop’ recently discovered in Oldham was found to have parts from 80 stolen vehicles. In another case a juggernaut had two shabby Transit vans  inside it.

But, Russian doll like, inside the vans were shrink-wrapped Audi parts loaded to the roof. The truck was bound for Poland. Get breaking news first on the free Manchester Evening News app – download it here for your Apple or Android device.

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