Police helicopter circling above Stoke-on-Trent in search for black van suspects as man, 24, arrested



A police helicopter was called in to search for suspects who are believed to have fled a stolen van in Stoke-on-Trent.

Officers started a pursuit of the vehicle which is believed to be linked to a theft earlier today (June 4).

They followed from over the border in Cheshire before the van came to a stop at Linehouses in Goldenhill at around 1.30pm.

A 24-year-old man, from Stoke-on-Trent, has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated vehicle taking, dangerous driving and failing to stop. 

He remains in custody this evening while an investigation continues.

Meanwhile, the National Police Air Service – which was seen circling above the Kidsgrove and Goldenhill areas – was scrambled to help track down possible passengers.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to come forward.

A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “Colleagues from Cheshire Constabulary were following a black van suspected of being involved in an earlier theft in the Holmes Chapel area.

“The vehicle came over the border into Staffordshire and came to a stop in Linehouses, Goldenhill at around 1.30pm today.

“A 24-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent was arrested on suspicion of aggravated vehicle taking, dangerous driving and failing to stop.  

“The National Police Air Service assisted with searching for any other occupants of the vehicle who may have fled the scene. Inquires are on-going.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101, quoting incident number 321 of June 4.





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