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Totton man among three arrested after cross-border police pursuit following car theft and garage raid



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A TOTTON man was among three people arrested following a cross-border police pursuit after a car was stolen in Hampshire and a garage raided in Dorset.

The drama unfolded during the early hours of Tuesday morning, beginning with Hampshire officers being alerted just after midnight to the vehicle theft at Pitt Vale service station in Romsey Road, Winchester.

About an hour later, Dorset counterparts responded to reports a burglary had taken place at the Hendy Garage on the A31 Ringwood Road at St Leonards. It was believed the car taken in Winchester had been used in this.

The car was reported stolen at Pitt Vale service station in Romsey Road, Winchester (Photo: Google)
The car was reported stolen at Pitt Vale service station in Romsey Road, Winchester (Photo: Google)

The officers located the suspected stolen vehicle, but it failed to stop and they pursued it through Ferndown, Parley, Christchurch and Burton. It was eventually stopped in Brockenhurst by Hampshire’s roads policing unit.

The 41-year-old Totton man was arrested on suspicion of theft of a vehicle, burglary, possessing a Class B drug, failing to stop, and conspiring to commit a burglary.

The car stolen in Winchester was reported to have been used in a burglary at Hendy garage on the A31 Ringwood Road, St Leonards (Photo: Google)
The car stolen in Winchester was reported to have been used in a burglary at Hendy garage on the A31 Ringwood Road, St Leonards (Photo: Google)

Two 17-year-old boys, one from Southampton and the other from Winchester, were also each arrested on suspicion of burglary, failing to stop, dangerous driving and conspiring to commit a burglary.

All three suspects were released under investigation while enquiries continue.

A Hampshire police spokesperson said afterwards: “The suspected stolen vehicle from the Winchester service station was recovered.

“Officers from Dorset and Hampshire are working together to carry out investigative enquiries.”



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