Yesterday evening Officers from the Mets Roads & Transport Policing Command managed to locate a stolen Evoque that was also on false plates.
Units tried to stop the vehicle on Wandsworth Bridge Road, SW6, but it failed to stop and ended up taking officers on a short pursuit.
The officers involved in the pursuit are highly-trained advanced drivers who have received several weeks of intensive driver training before being allowed to engage in vehicle pursuits.
Officers managed to successfully contain the stolen car and end the pursuit without any harm to members of the public and other road users.
Both occupants inside of the stolen Evoque were suspected of being involved in firearms offences, based upon intelligence which was relayed to officers at the scene.
According to a spokesperson for the unit, the two occupants were also found to be in possession of two large knives and were also found to be wearing body armour.
The incident not only goes to show the importance of allowing officers to continue to pursue fleeing vehicles, but also highlights the on-going issue in relation to knife crime.
The intentions and motives of the occupants of the stolen vehicle are not clear.
The Met’s Roads & Transport unit has highly trained teams of officers who, using both motorcycles and high-performance vehicles, will use their specialist training and tactics to ensure that vehicle pursuits are brought to a conclusion as quickly and as safely as possible.
Not only has the victim of a theft been reunited with their vehicle but two very serious criminals have been taken off of the streets.
Talking about the incident, one officer on Twitter said:
“Considering events in that borough today, no doubt a life has been saved”
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