Three charged after suspected stolen car 'stung'

Two men have been charged after a suspected stolen car's tyres were punctured by motorway police as it headed into a city centre.

Police checks revealed the Ford Focus was understood to have been taken during a burglary on November 28 in Larkhill Walk, Druids Heath.

The Central Motorway Police Group spotted it on the M6 just after midnight yesterday and deployed 'stingers' - which safely puncture tyres - as the car turned onto the A38 Aston Expressway, Birmingham.

All three people inside the car were arrested when it ground to a halt.

Its driver Kyle Scott, aged 21, a factory worker from Douglas Road, Handsworth, was charged with two counts of robbery, theft of a motor vehicle and dangerous driving. He had fled through a nearby housing estate but was arrested in Aston's Upper Sutton Street having been tracked by a police dog handler.

Passenger Simon Arthurs, aged 21, a mechanic from Murdock Road, Handsworth, was also charged with two counts of robbery and theft of a motor vehicle.

Both were due to appear at Birmingham Magistrates today.

A fellow male passenger, aged 21, was released without charge.

Chief Superintendent Martin Evans, said: "No criminal can travel easy whilst using our road or motorway network: we have proactive patrols monitoring our region day and night on the lookout for vehicles linked to criminality.

"This is just the latest example where these patrols and the intuition of officers have led to a stolen car being identified and suspected thieves being arrested."