Leicester Mercury

Car abandoned after chase was stolen in 2019

VEHICLE FOUND ON INDUSTRIAL ESTATE AFTER POLICE PURSUIT

- By DAVID OWEN david.owen@reachplc.com

A STOLEN car was abandoned on an industial estate after a police pursuit through Leicester city centre.

Officers with Leicesters­hire Police’s road crime team had recognised the vehicle after it was spotted being driven along St Matthew’s Way, on the inner ring road, on Wednesday, May 12.

It was establishe­d that the car - a black Hyundai i30 - had been taken from a residentia­l street in Glenfield almost two years ago.

A pursuit was authorised and a chase ensued.

The thieves led police towards the A50 and Frog Island, behind the Highcross shopping centre, before dumping the car and making their getaway.

It was eventually discovered in Old Mill Lane.

Members of the force’s roads policing unit (RPU) shared an image of the abandoned car to followers of its official Twitter account - accompanie­d by a thinly veiled threat to catch up with those reponsible “in the not too distant future”.

It said: “This stolen vehicle was identified by the road crime team. Following a short pursuit through the city it was found abandoned.

“The car will now be forensical­ly examined and we’ll hopefully be in touch with those involved in the not too distant future.”

A spokeswoma­n for the force confirmed that the car had been stolen from an address in Roecliffe Close, next to Glenfield Hospital, in the summer of 2019.

She said: “At around 2.50pm (Wednesday), officers on patrol spotted a stolen vehicle being driven along St Matthew’s Way.

“Following a short pursuit, the vehicle was found abandoned in Old Mill Lane. Inquiries to locate the occupants of the vehicle are continuing.”

She added: “The car, a Hyundai i30, was stolen from outside an address in Roecliffe Close, Leicester, between July 28 and August 1, 2019.”

Anyone with informatio­n about the theft, or those responsibl­e, is asked to call the 101 police number, or visit the force website.

 ??  ?? STOLEN: Police picture of the abandoned car
STOLEN: Police picture of the abandoned car

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