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Three people have been arrested following a police pursuit in Bolton.
Shortly before 4.30pm a 75-year-old woman who'd bee walking her dog in Moss Bank Park was approached by three masked men. They threatened her, threw her to the ground and took her car keys.
They then made off in the woman’s red Mercedes A-Class.
Then at 11.15am on Saturday, officers spotted the stolen vehicle driving along Watergate Lane, Over Hulton. The Mercedes was pursued down the southbound M61 where it exited at J3 for the Kearsley spur, before attempting to do a u-turn and drive against the flow of traffic. The officers were able to make tactical contact and bring the Mercedes a stop.
A 15-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of robbery, dangerous driving and driving whilst disqualified. He was taken to hospital to be treated for injuries sustained in the collision but has since been released.
Officers also arrested a 21-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy on suspicion of robbery. All three remain in custody for questioning.
Three officers suffered minor injuries.
“The stolen vehicle was pursued and tactical contact was used to stop the car as it made a dangerous attempt to drive the wrong way down the motorway.
Thanks to the quick-thinking of the officers, they prevented what could easily have been an extremely serious collision.
If you have any information which might help police, please get in touch with us as soon as you can.”