Officers appeal for witnesses who assisted following pursuit to come forward

Alert message sent 31/08/2019 12:47:00

Information sent on behalf of Wiltshire Police

Officers investigating the theft of a vehicle in Trowbridge would urgently like to speak to a number of witnesses who assisted them during the incident. 

At approximately 10.20pm yesterday evening (August 30), we received a report that a Vauxhall Vectra had been stolen from an address in Trowbride. 

A short time later, officers became aware of the vehicle on the A350 Westbury road. An officer attempted to stop the vehicle but it continued and a pursuit took place. 

The vehicle was seen to be driven dangerously, and at times on the wrong side of the road, before turning into Cradle Bridge Retail Park where it was abandoned and the occupants were seen to decamp and run off. 

When police officers alighted their vehicle, they were approached by several members of the public who assisted them by pointing out the direction the suspects had taken.

As a result of their assistance, officers were able to locate and arrest four males – two aged 19, one aged 20 and one aged 21 and all from the local area – on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle. One of the 19-year-old's was also arrested on suspicion of failing to stop a vehicle for officers.

Local crime investigator Jan Stone said: “We urgently need to speak to the people who were at the scene who helped our officers locate the individuals so that we can obtain statements and progress our investigation. 

“If this was you, please get in touch by calling us on 101 and quoting crime reference number 54190086079.

“We’d also urge anyone else who may have witnessed the vehicle being pursued by officers prior to it being abandoned, to call 101 as you may also be able to help.”
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Katie Bond (Police, Media Officer, Wiltshire)

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