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Police officers injured following Gloucester car chase of a BMW stolen from Cheltenham

By EchoLauraC  |  Posted: February 15, 2013

Three police officers were injured following a dramatic Gloucestershire car chase yesterday afternoon.

A grey BMW X1 stolen in a Cheltenham break-in at Charlton Park Gate was spotted in Tredworth at 4.30pm.

The 20 minute chase came to an end when officers had to smash into the stolen vehicle in Chervil Close.

A spokesman for Gloucestershire Police confirmed one officer suffered minor injuries in the collision and two more were injured while the arrests were made. However all officers were now back on duty.

He said: "Pursuit trained officers hurried to the area to block any possible escape routes and several stinger devices, used to puncture tyres when a car drives over them, were prepared for use if necessary.

"At around 4.50pm traffic officers performed a manoeuvre on the vehicle in Chervil Close, deliberately colliding with the car to bring it to a halt.

"Officers then gave chase to two men who got out and ran away from the car."

A 20-year-old man from Cheltenham and a 22-year-old man from Gloucester were arrested on suspicion of burglary. They remain in police custody at this time.

Suspected stolen jewellery, drugs and an axe were recovered in connection with the investigation.

Force Crime Operations Chief Inspector Paul Shorrock said: "I want to pay tribute to the officers who were involved in this pursuit.

"There was a risk to the public from the reckless driving of these people and it was the skill and bravery of the officers that brought it to a safe conclusion.

"To the members of the public who were inconvenienced by this pursuit I would like to say thank you for your patience.

"I hope people are reassured by the swift action we took in this case and the successful conclusion."

Inspector Tim Waterhouse added: "Cheltenham's offender management team are now dealing with the ongoing investigation.

"The team is committed to detecting and preventing burglaries, which often have a devastating impact on victims."

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