Police track suspects through the snow

Snowy scene Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A teenager, suspected of going on the rampage in Sedgley overnight, was caught by officers who were able to follow fresh tracks in the snow. And in Coseley, a dog's snowy paw prints led police on a mile-long journey to the home of two suspected metal thieves.

In Sedgley, a 17-year-old is thought to have smashed windows and overturned a car in the town last night.

He was caught four minutes after a member of the public called officers to report a group of youngsters throwing bricks at passing cars.

Because officers managed to get there so quickly, the tracks in the snow were still fresh.

During the evening, bricks were thrown at cars and their windows smashed, and a car turned on its side in Dormston Drive.

In Coseley, just before 5.00 this morning, two men and a dog were spotted running from a house and a short time later a resident discovered a gas meter and pipework were missing.

Dudley Police followed footprints in the snow which ran parallel with a dog's paw prints for around 1.3 miles. They followed the tracks right up to the front door of a local house where police found two men and a dog inside.

The men were arrested on suspicion of theft and are being questioned this morning.