Rock Ferry man arrested for car theft following police helicopter search

Merseyside Police has arrested a man on suspicion of various offences following a theft in Birkenhead in the early hours of this morning, Tuesday 5 October.

At around 12.20am, officers were called to Wirral Way Service Station on Borough Road to reports of a Mini being stolen from the forecourt. With the assistance of the National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter, a search was carried out of the area and the car was found to have crashed in Park Road South.

Further enquiries led to a man being detained at a nearby address.

A 35-year-old man from Rock Ferry was arrested on suspicion of aggravated vehicle taking; dangerous driving; disqualified driving; and failing to provide a specimen for analysis. He remains in custody for questioning.

Detective Inspector Barbara Hebden said, “This would have been a shocking incident to have experienced or witnessed and thankfully nobody was injured during the theft or the driving which followed.

“Although a man is in custody, we’re still keen to speak to anyone who saw the incident or captured anything on CCTV, dashcam or other devices as we continue to investigate.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police Contact Centre quoting reference 21000690287. You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crowd.in/OTK9f0

Image (stock): NPAS

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