Suspected stolen car ‘came to a stop’ on Stoke-on-Trent railway line

Police used a stinger to stop a suspected stolen car – which then ‘came to a stop’ on a North Staffordshire railway line. And residents living close to crossing on Caverswall Lane – on the outskirts of Blythe Bridge – say they were woken in the early hours to the sound of a helicopter overhead, before spotting around nine police cars at the scene. Now Staffordshire Police say they are linking the reported theft of the car stopped on the tracks to another vehicle taken in Meir.

And today two men and a woman are in custody over the incidents in the early hours. The force has revealed how at 1.40am a delivery driver reported his red Toyota had been taken from Broadway in Meir. Just a short time later a grey Toyota was reported as being stolen from near Harrowby Road, also in Meir. That vehicle was later found on Green Lane with a man and a woman being arrested.

READ: Two years jail for two police chases as danger driver proves he can count Meanwhile, police swarmed over Caverswall Lane – where a stinger was deployed to stop the red Toyota. A spokesman said: “The stinger was deployed for the red vehicle, which came to a stop on Blythe Bridge railway lines, where it was safely and swiftly removed by officers.

“No one was reported injured and a 29-year-old man was arrested a short time later. Officers are treating both thefts as linked at this time.”

Police and recovery on the scene on Caverswall Lane

Police say the 29-year-old man, of no-fixed-address, was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, robbery, failing to stop for officers, driving while unfit through drink and failure to provide a specimen. Meanwhile, a 43-year-old woman, from Stoke-on-Trent, was arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and a 41-year-old man, from Stoke-on-Trent, was arrested on suspicion of robbery and driving whilst disqualified.

The spokesman added: “All three remain in custody while inquiries continue.” One resident told StokeonTrentLive at the height of the incident on Caverswall Lane there were around nine police cars, a helicopter and ‘search lights everywhere’. A recovery truck was later spotted in the area to collect the car.

Anyone with information should contact the force on 101 and quote incident 041 of June 22.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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