Police used stinger to stop van and made three arrests after Hillmorton farm burglary

Three suspects have been arrested on suspicion of burgling a farm in Hillmorton after police used a stinger to stop their van.

Monday, 27th January 2020, 1:55 pm
Updated Monday, 27th January 2020, 1:57 pm

The alleged burglary took place on January 26 and a witness provided the police with a description of the Ford Transit van suspected to be involved.

Police then issued an alert, calling on neighbouring forces to join the search.

Shortly after, officers from West Midlands Police Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) spotted the van 40 miles away in Birmingham.

PC Craig Purcell, writing on the Warwickshire Rural Crime Team Facebook page, said: "A decision was made to pre-emptively use stinger on the vehicle and prevent any potential pursuit.

"This was successful and enabled the arrest of three occupants on suspicion of burglary.

"The Transit van was seized."

Two men, one 56 and the other 46, and a 41-year-old woman have been arrested.

All three are from the Birmingham area and were kept in custody for questioning this morning.

The 46-year-old man also has an outstanding magistrate's warrant for failing to comply with a community order imposed after he was convicted of a previous offence.

He will be remanded in custody and put before the next available court.

PC Purcell added: "This incident highlights the importance of our information sharing with neighbouring forces and at times those well beyond our boundaries.

"As a new Rural Crime Team we have already established direct links with rural crime officers in nearly all forces across the country.

"Information is shared almost daily and has already resulted in some significant seizures and arrests.

"Thanks to our colleagues in CMPG for their excellent work yesterday."