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Technology tracks car thieves

Created on 11/10/2010 @ 13:42


State-of-the-art technology resulted in a stolen car being tracked on the outskirts of Welshpool yesterday (Sunday) and its occupants arrested.
Local police apprehended the stolen car on the A483 north of the town after it was stolen in North Wales. Dyfed Powys officers picked up the scent using the Automoatic Number Plate Recognition system close to the Welsh border and the suspects were followed into Shrewsbury, where they abandoned the car and were later captured with the assistance of a dog and air support deployed by West Mercia.
A police spokesperson confirmed: “A vehicle stolen overnight in the North Wales police area entered our county and was quickly picked up by local officers.  The vehicle was driven in a dangerous manner and local officers followed in accordance with strict policy whereby the safety of the public is absolutely paramount.
“The suspects will be dealt with by our colleagues in North Wales and we will be providing assistance.  Technology deployed by the Dyfed-Powys Police played its part in identifying these criminals entering our county. Their purpose for coming into Powys has not yet been determined however, no bets are being offered that it was their appreciation of our beautiful countryside.
“Local police are supported by the very best technology to continue our efforts to keep Powys as one of the safest places in the country to live and visit.  The support of the local communities in safeguarding their property and quickly reporting any suspicious activity has been vital to the continued success.”
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