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Three people charged after police chase through Ashton

Lord Sheldon Way in Ashton. Image: Google Maps.

Three people have been charged following a high-speed police chase in Ashton.

At around 1.54pm on Wednesday afternoon (3 November), Greater Manchester Police received a report of three men in a BMW behaving suspiciously in a car park on Lord Sheldon Way. 

The vehicle subsequently left the car park and officers from GMP's Tactical Vehicle Interception Unit were deployed to follow the car. The National Police Air Service was also sent to track the vehicle from above.

Aware that they were being followed, the BMW attempted to flee police and a pursuit ensued with the BMW travelling at around 70mph down Katherine Street before turning onto Thornway Drive and coming to a halt.

The men attempted to decamp the vehicle but were swiftly detained and arrested by officers.

Following a search of the vehicle, 11 Ford keys, an OBD device, key programmer, angle grinder, drill and lock knife were recovered.

Patrick Warde, 19, of Devon Avenue, Manchester, has been charged with aggravated taking without consent and conspiracy to steal.

Lawrence Ward, 22, of Ryder Brow Road, Gorton, has been charged with dangerous driving and conspiracy to steal.

A 16-year-old boy from Stockport, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has also been charged with aggravated taking without consent and conspiracy to steal.

Both men have been remanded in custody and the teenager has been bailed ahead of an appearance at Tameside Magistrates' Court on Tuesday 9 November. 

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