Manhunt in Bridgnorth: Car at focus of armed police search linked to earlier theft

Investigations are ongoing into an incident which saw armed police dispatched to Bridgnorth.

Manhunt in Bridgnorth: Car at focus of armed police search linked to earlier theft

A car crashed into a car and building after failing to stop for officers.

The incident in Bridgnorth on Wednesday sparked a police manhunt to find the suspects who fled away from the vehicle on foot, and saw the entirety of Whitburn Street closed.

It is now believed to be linked to an earlier car theft, and a later incident when an occupant in the vehicle was seen to be carrying a handgun.

West Mercia Police says it is continuing to appeal for witnesses to the incident, where a white Peugeot had been involved in a collision with a car on Bridgnorth High Street and a building on Waterloo Terrace, before being found abandoned in Castle Street.

The car is thought to be the same one that was involved in a theft from a home in Walsall, which is under investigation over the county border by West Midlands Police.

Gina Lycett, a spokeswoman for West Midlands Police, said: "We are investigating a theft of a Peugeot 308 from an address on King Charles Avenue, Bentley, Walsall on the evening of May 29.

"It is believed that the vehicle was seen on June 5 by a member of the public in the Dixon Green area of Dudley, where it is believed an occupant of the car was seen brandishing a hand gun."

If anyone witnessed the collision or has any information which could assist West Mercia Police they are asked to call 101, quoting reference 190s of June 7.

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